Over 40 Confirmation candidates from the Hogarth Partnership, Darlington, enjoyed a very ‘snowy’ overnight retreat at Ampleforth Abbey in January. The young people enjoyed a tour of the Abbey and venerated the relics of St Lawrence. A young member of the Benedictines explained the life and mission of the order and what it was like to be a part of it. There were discussions around vocation and living in the Spirit. The candidates were introduced to different ways of praying and enjoyed a session of Christian meditation. The next morning we had a session in the visitors’ centre and the retreat concluded with con-celebrated Mass with Fr David Russell and Fr Gordon Ryan. Please keep the young people in your prayers as they journey towards receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on 21st February with Bishop Seamus.