Nearly 200 YCW Members, past and present, came together on Saturday to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the YCW in England Wales.
They met at Salford Cathedral for Mass, presided over by Rt. Rev. John Arnold Bishop of Salford and over a dozen priests, including our National and Assistant Chaplains, Fr John Marsland and Fr Mark Connolly.
The Mass saw many of the current YCW and IMPACT members participate as welcomers, readers, in the offertory, altar servers and in the music group. It was great to see them show their talents and confidence to all those gathered, with many former members commenting that they were happy to see so many young people taking part.
Afterwards there was a wonderful celebration, where members reconnected and shared memories of their time in the YCW. One member, Rose, impressed us all by her long service to the YCW, having joined in 1946! She was given the privileged job of cutting our very own YCW birthday cake.
National President, Kate Wilkinson, thanked all those who came along to support the event and took the opportunity to share our upcoming campaign on Young People and Mental Health, called “Mind! The Gap”. She said: “I would like to thank everyone for their service to the YCW over the last 80 years and especially all those who could join us for this magnificent occasion.”