St Anthony’s YCW In Sunderland Looking To Develop Leadership

The YCW Group at St Anthony’s Girls' Catholic Academy in Sunderland has been using the new school year to promote the movement and attract new young leaders to join.

Sister Josepha, who is adult companion to the group spoke with Marc Besford, National Training and Development Worker, about the plans for the year ahead.

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Marc spoke with senior leaders in the school to explain what the YCW does and how it can transform the lives of their students. He set out the the fundamentals of the movement, based on Cardijn’s 3 Truths: the Truth of Faith, Reality and Method - as Cardijn described them: “The three truths that light up and explain the problem of working youth in the world today”.

It is through the contradiction between the truths of Faith and Reality that we can truly understand and appreciate the need for the SEE-JUDGE-ACT method. This gives the young people an opportunity to discuss their own realities and examine how this all fits into their local communities and the wider world, but then inspires them to act upon this with authentic Christian action.

As well as the recruitment drive for the school, there are also plans to establish a new group for those who have left the school but want to continue supporting the movement and developing themselves.

Marc said: “St Anthony’s have rightly been recognised for their outstanding work and have developed many young leaders over the years. Now I hope we will see a new group of young people take on the mantle and be the difference!”