year for god slider
“It changed my life, it helped me to love and accept myself”
Craig Lodge Community is a response to Our Lady’s call to holiness at Medjugojre. Some of us are young people who choose to spend a year living at Craig Lodge leading a life based on prayer, service and evangeliation.
We offer up to 10 young people at a time the chance to experience a year of Community life. Community has long been recognised as a means of growing spiritually. This can be a real time of transformation and healing. It is also an opportunity to establish a prayer life and to study Scripture and the Catechism.
“Craig Lodge was the place I needed before joining the friars”
Young people choose to do this year for all sort of reasons – they may be at a crossroads in life and want to take time out to discern where God is calling them. Sometimes a young person comes at the recommendation of a Vocations Director as the year is a good preparation for starting studies for the priesthood or religious life. Others come because they have experienced a recent conversion and want to learn more about living the Catholic faith. The focus is on prayer service and evangelisation. This is how we live them out:
Prayer: Eucharist, Adoration, Divine Office, Rosary, Lectio Divina, Way of the Cross. Moving through the Church’s seasons together celebrating the feasting days, persevering through the fasting days. “Let us encourage one another!”
Service: offering hospitality to the guests staying at Craig Lodge – yes that does mean lots of washing up but it can also mean playing capture the flag with children in the woods so that their parents can have a few precious moments of quiet prayer.
Evangelisation: sharing your gifts during our youth events and family events or just chatting with a guest over a cup of tea
Craig Lodge Community FAQs
“An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy.” Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium