The organisers of the National Eucharistic Congress, which is taking place at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, on September 26 and 27, have announced an exciting youth programme for the weekend.
A dedicated ‘Youth Space’ will offer teenagers and young people an engaging programme of talks, workshops, music and prayer, to run alongside and complement the main National Euchartistic Congress programme.
Speakers at Youth Space will include inspirational parents, Barry and Margaret Mizen MBE, from the UK.
The couple have dedicated themselves to raising awareness about the consequences of violent crime after their 16-year-old son, Jimmy, was murdered by another teenager during a fight in a bakery in 2008.
Barry and Margaret Mizen lost their son Jimmy, one day after his 16th birthday, during a violent attack by another teenager in a bakery in South London in 2008.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, determined not to let their son’s death have been in vain, the Mizens set up a charity in his honour, called the Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
The foundation promotes peace and forgiveness and raises awareness amongst young people, parents and teachers about the consequences of violent crime.
Barry and Margaret, who spoke in front of Pope Benedict XVI during the 2010 Papal visit to the UK, are speaking in Knock as part of the Youth Space programme for the National Eucharistic Congress.