“Be strong and courageous! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”  (Joshua 1:9 NLT)

The team here in East Anglia is greatly looking forward to welcoming you to our seventh Celebrate Weekend.  If you are joining us for the first time or returning again, coming on your own or with a group or family – you are very welcome.

We hope that the weekend will help you find inspiration and renewal in your faith in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We eagerly anticipate being encouraged on our spiritual journey through inspiring talks, creative liturgy and exciting worship.

 As well as the talks we will have a variety of workshops on both days, whereby you can choose topics of particular interest to you. Once again GOOD NEWS BOOKS will provide a wide range of titles in their stall in the Market Place.  And AGAPE MINISTRIES will have their display in the hall.

There will be groups (called streams) for children and young people of all ages, led by experienced leaders, who will help develop the children’s relationship with Jesus, running faith-based and fun activities.

The weekend will include lively praise, daily Mass, a time of Adoration and an opportunity for Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry.  There will also be an opportunity for quiet private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Celebrate chapel.

We are delighted to welcome again Bishop Alan. He is especially keen, in this time of our becoming missionary parishes, that we come and bring someone with us!

Please find more information below as well as photos from last year, by Gerard Walters.


Sat 1st June 2019, 09.00 - 21.00
Sun 2nd June 2019, 09.00 - 16.30


St Benedict’s Catholic High School, 
Beetons Way, 
Bury St Edmunds  
IP32 6RH

Get in touch:

Philip Walters

07910 157584
Email Philip

Our Speakers

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Charles Whitehead

Charles, along with his wife Sue, is the founder of Celebrate.  He is a past president of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and a life member of the English National Service Committee.  His CV includes being a director of Premier Christian Radio and the Christian Healing Mission.  He received a Papal Knighthood from Pope Jean-Paul II in 2003. He is in demand as an international speaker, addressing audiences all around the world. He has a gentle and inclusive manner that reaches out to everybody.


Fr Chris Thomas

Fr Chris Thomas was born in Liverpool in 1960 and was ordained priest in 1985.  He has been a full-time youth chaplain, a university chaplain, a parish priest and is now the director of the Irenaeus project.  Chris has spoken at conferences in England, Ireland, and mainland Europe.  He is a Trustee of CREW Trust (Catholic Renewal in England and Wales) and is a regular contributor to Good News magazine, where he is part of the editorial committee. He is on the executive of the Catholic Spirituality Network and is a core team member of Harvesters Men’s Network.


Mary Hardiman

, a former high school teacher, is a Person-Centred Counsellor and Head of Wellbeing at a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford for teenagers with mental health problems. She spends some of her time each week giving voluntary counselling to adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. She has written many articles and given highly acclaimed talks, workshops and day retreats to a variety of audiences including Celebrate, Catholic Leadership conferences, RE teacher conferences, and at diocesan and parish events. Mary has a great gift for unwrapping the Scriptures and presenting them in ways that are inspiring. Her insightful reflections are full of faith, humanity and humour.  She is married with one son.

Quotes from previous years

“Glad to have come.  I was encouraged to begin afresh, which is just what I needed.”

“This was our first Celebrate. Wow, going home on a cloud.”

“Talks were amazing and liturgies lovely, really refreshing.”

“Brilliant time. Thank you so much. A fulfilling weekend.”

“Looking forward with a new approach.  Thank you.”


We have Steve Murray joining us again this year. Steve is a professional and established mime artist with an international ministry. He uses the art of mime to portray the Gospel message in a refreshing and non-threatening way. For more details about Steve and his ministry, as well as a promotional video, go to


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Conference Fees

  • Adults (Over 22 years) - £38

  • Young adults (18 – 22 years) - £15

  • Children (Reception upwards) - £8

  • Babies & preschool - Free

Babies and preschoolers must be supervised by parents. (There will be a video link to the main hall available in the ‘Parent and Pre-schoolers’ room)

A hot meal on Saturday evening is included in the price while tea, coffee and soft drinks will also be provided. Please bring a packed lunch on both days, or alternatively, these may be purchased from our caterer.

If you would like to book but have financial difficulties, get in touch in confidence on 07910157584


Conference Booking

To help us, please book early if you can! As space is limited, bookings will be taken on a 'first come, first served' basis.

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Note: All school age children/young people must have a designated fee-paying adult present at the conference. Any special needs must be declared when booking their places.