Faber Companions feature in Irish Catholic

June 11, 2024 in News

The Faber Companions are a group of young men and women forming a Christian community and as young adult apostolate of the Jesuits they are receiving a formation in Ignatian spirituality. They feature in a recent article by ‘The Irish Catholic’ entitled “Young Catholic counterculture emerging in modern Ireland”.

The article notes that in Ireland, Catholic youth groups are experiencing a resurgence drawing hundreds of young people to faith-based activities and community service.

James Ahern, organiser of the Faber Companions, spoke with the author and says that “the group aims to help each member discern God’s call in their life”. Some of the activities arranged by the Faber Companions include a series on Catholic social teaching, weekend and day retreats, open mic evenings, and hikes.

Other groups featured in the article include Hakuna, a Catholic youth movement founded in 2012 in Spain, Pure in Heart, a group of young people in Ireland who focus on witnessing to the Church’s teaching on sexuality with their peers, Living Water, a vibrant charismatic prayer group, and Youth 2000, a spiritual initiative established to draw young people to a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ through Mary, especially in the Eucharist.

Commenting on the resurgence of interest in God amongst young people, Bishop Fintan Gavin of Cork and Ross says “This is where we are called to be the Church of the here and now. We need to be signs of hope, to preach and make disciples to build lives of faith and communities of faith”.