Still 19 days left to listen to the BBC’s Sunday Worship programme recorded on location at World Youth Day in Lisbon and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 13 August! Worship was led by local Mark 10 Mission founder Greg Finn, with acoustic music from Bradford’s own Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, Fr Columba Jordan.
BBC Producer Miriam Williamson joined a group of young Catholics from the Dioceses of Salford, Lancaster, Cumbria, Plymouth and East Anglia, as they gathered with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from around the world for World Youth Day. They explored their faith, attending services and events with Pope Francis and contemplated what being Catholic means to them. The theme this year was ‘Rise Up’, taken from Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth; when she learned she was pregnant with Jesus ‘Mary arose and went with haste’. Pope Francis challenged the young people to contemplate the themes on which we need to ‘make haste’: integral ecology, the limitless love of God, and the importance of social friendships.
Leading the worship is Greg Finn who has recently completed the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry at Chicago’s Loyola University. Whilst a parishioner at our Sacred Heart Parish in Sowerby Bridge, Greg taught for eight years at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Huddersfield, but now leads the Mark 10 Mission full-time. His initial prayer about how to bring little children to Jesus was from Mark 10:14 and inspired him to create the Mark 10 Mission to help schoolchildren encounter God in their classrooms and to pray each day.
Greg works closely with Diocese of Leeds priest, Fr Henry Longbottom and our Vicariate for Education as well as with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who minister at St Patrick’s Mission in Bradford. An inspirational teacher and youth leader himself, back in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Greg wrote about the Friars as his own role models and inspiring examples for other young men – and the article is republished here: