NEARLY 40 Catholic students from all over England and Wales came together in North London last weekend to "grow in faith and community" together.
This was the fourth meeting of the Catholic Student Forum (CSF), an annual event aimed at bringing Catholic students together, organised in collaboration with chaplaincies and CathSocs up and down the country.
The theme this year was "Simply Living". The students were invited to "shake up their lifestyle and to choose to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with people living in poverty".
As well as workshops and discussions, there was time for prayer, reflection and a Sunday Mass, which was presided over by Fr Andrew Downie, chaplain to Newcastle and Northumbria universities and Newcastle College. At the end of the weekend all of the students made a promise to the wider community to "live simply".
The CSF not only brings together students from England and Wales, but is also building strong links with chaplaincies and CathSocs worldwide through its newly initiated collaboration with the work of the International Movement for Catholic Students.
The CSF was started in 2004 by Catholic Youth Services in conjunction with the Conference of Catholic Chaplains in Higher Education, working alongside a small group of students. Its aim is to support students as they "build bridges" between all the different Catholic student communities in universities and colleges of higher education throughout England and Wales.
Jessica Moorhouse, president of King's College CathSoc, said: "I would recommend any chaplaincy and CathSoc to join the Catholic Student Forum so that we can unite our common efforts and promote true solidarity in Catholic bodies throughout England and Wales."
The signatures of some of the students, www.catholicsiiufrntforu7n.org.uk signalling their promise to 'live simply'