Upper Room Leadership Programme 2024-5

The Upper Room Leadership Programme will take participants on a journey of profound discovery and formation, both practical and spiritual. Its aim is simple: to form young Catholic leaders who are the now in the Church, and to give them the tools necessary to lead young people in their parishes.

Over the course of a year, the successful applicants will be given the necessary training for building and leading youth groups in their parishes, as well as growing in their own spiritual life.

The call to leadership is something vocational, and answering it brings great joy. We warmly invite you to apply, to begin this journey of discerning what the Lord is calling you to.


Programme Content

Included throughout the programme will be appropriate training in public speaking, fundraising, safeguarding and data protection. There will be an introductory session in November covering the programme broadly with an opportunity to meet your fellow participants.



Who is it for?

Young people between the ages of 18-22

When is it?

November 2023 – July 2024

Why in person?

As Catholics, we believe that we are all members of one body, the Church, and that we are best able to build each other up when we are with each other. We also believe that the physical world is the REAL world, where word becomes flesh and lives among us. Communion, in the Eucharist and in our togetherness, is impossible to achieve digitally. We need to come together.

What if I don’t live in the Diocese of Westminster?

This programme is for Upper Sixth Formers and university students in the Diocese. In the event that you live just beyond the Diocesan boundary, or you are temporarily living outside the Diocese but have a strong personal connection and are likely to return in the near future, we will consider your application.

Do I have to be Catholic?

In registering for this programme, you are beginning preparation for a Catholic leadership position, and so being Catholic is a requirement.

What’s included?

We are providing a 50% subsidy for the Lourdes pilgrimage. For the monthly sessions, if travelling to Central London could be a financial difficulty, we do not want this to prevent you from being part of the programme and are open to supporting. We will review this with you individually.

Please email youth@rcdow.org.uk if this applies to you or mention this in your application

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