Archbishop Leads Yorkshire Schools Pilgrimage to Taizé

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has lead over 100 students and staff from schools in Yorkshire on a pilgrimage to Taizé.

The group, which includes students from Abbey Grange Academy and Bishop Young Academy in the Diocese of Leeds, departed from Manor CE Academy on the 13th July, returning this upcoming weekend.

The Yorkshire Schools Pilgrimage, coordinated by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, also includes students from Archbishop Holgate’s School, Barlby High and Manor CE Academy in York. All of the young people joining the trip have taken part in the Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award, which facilitates development of leadership skills and character virtues, whilst giving opportunities to run social action projects in their local communities.

The Young Leaders will be writing daily reflections on their experiences at Taizé which will be available at Students who have previously attended the pilgrimage have shared in the joys of making new friends, of volunteering, the openness of the community at Taizé and of exploring questions of faith. 

Archbishop Sentamu said:
“I am looking forward to the 2019 Yorkshire Schools pilgrimage to Taizé. The community are so welcoming - it is an extraordinary place of simplicity and compassion. I have always returned blessed, encouraged and inspired by others. My prayer is that the Young Leaders from the Yorkshire schools will be refreshed by the spirit of the Taizé Community and that the profound atmosphere of peace and prayer will encourage them in their journey with God. With God, everything is possible!” 

Dan Finn, CEO of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust said:
“Taizé really is a community like no other. You can’t help but come away changed, refreshed and challenged. There is something offered for everyone, with opportunities to meet people from across the globe, worship with the community and pray in small groups. The Young Leaders joining us have done a fantastic job serving others through the Young Leaders Award and I am so excited to see how the Taizé community will refresh and benefit them.”

Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger, the Taizé community is based in the south-west of France. The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order of mainly Catholic and Protestant communities drawn together from more than 30 countries across the world, some people visit for a short time while others, planning to do that, have been so touched by Taizé that they dedicate the rest of their lives to God in that place. Every year in Schools Weeks such as this one over 100,000 young people from around the world make their pilgrimages of trust and reconciliation, prayer, bible study and communal work.

For more information about the Taizé community, visit their website here.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust is passionate about developing opportunities for young people to grow in leadership, faith and character, in partnership with schools, churches and communities. Through the Young Leaders Award, the Youth Trust has empowered over 80,000 young people from over 675 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action.

For more information on the Youth Trust, visit or phone 01904 231010.

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