YOUTH organisations had a big part to play in helping young people to bridge the gap between school and industrial life, it was agreed at a conference of the Council of the National Catholic Youth Leaders at Pinner, Middlesex, last weekend.
Represented at the conference were the Christian Life Movement, Legion of Mary, Young Christian Students, Young Christian Workers, the Society of Vincent de Paul, the Grail and the Catholic Scouts Advisory Council. The theme was "Young people in the Church and in Society".
Chief speaker was Mr. Anthony Stayne, full-time consultant on school leavers for the diocese of Southwark. Young people, he said, had a positive contribution to make in the mission of the Church, and they should be helped to become true Apostles.
They had plenty of help while they were at school, but when they left, they entered a completely different world. Often they were not able to find a job; hopes evaporated and they became disillusioned.
Christianity must mean leadership to help youth harness its natural idealism, Mr. Stayne said.
The sixteen delegates agreed to seek ways whereby their organisations could help young people.
Chaplain to the conference was Fr. McHugh from Birmingham; Mr. James Durkin was elected vice-president to replace Miss Freda Mahony, who has returned to Nigeria to teach there.