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The following people will be speaking to the whole conference in the main Cathedral. The talks will last 30 minutes.

Ros Powell

CALLED and Chosen – Ros Powell will be leading a keynote talk and workshop at Embrace ’17 on the theme ‘Called and Chosen’. As Christians, we have been Called and Chosen for a purpose and destiny. We are encouraged by St Catherine of Siena to come into our full Godly potential and to set the world on fire.

She is a well travelled Christian Evangelist, a Member of National Service Team for Charismatic Renewal, Spiritual Director of Precious Life and involved with prison ministry.



Maximilian Ford

CALLED to intimacy – Max is a worship leader and an evangelist from Manchester. He will be speaking on the Call to intimacy! Each of us are looked upon through the lens of Jesus, as sons and daughters by our Heavenly Father. This was indeed the purpose of Jesus’ mission – He came to reveal the Father that we might be united with Him! St. Bernard of Clairvaux understood that our souls thirst for God and the only thing there is to quench that thirst is to become “God-intoxicated!” Maximilian’s great desire is to see people truly understand this and to enter into their inheritance, an inheritance paid for, at such a great cost!

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

Main Celebrant & Homilist – Archbishop Malcolm will be the main celebrant and homilist at our 4pm Vigil Mass of the Feast of Christ the King at Embrace ’17. The Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP was born and brought up in London. He was ordained a priest for the Order of Preachers and is now the Archbishop of Liverpool.



The following speakers will be leading workshops. These will last for 40 minutes in various break out rooms around Cathedral and  Crypt with opportunity for question and answers. At registration you will be able to sign up to the workshop you want to attend. Please only choose ONE.

Franciscan Friars & Sisters of the Renewal

CALLED to Mission – A group of Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal will be leading a workshop at Embrace 2017 on how we are called to be missionary disciples.


 Jo Boyce

CALLED to sing a new song – Jo Boyce is the director of CJM Music. She will leading a workshop on praising God through music.


‘Living Joyfully’ Vocations Team

CALLED to Vocation – A vocations Q & A workshop led by the ‘Living Joyfully’ team on Discerning God’s voice in your life. The workshop will be looking at God’s call for each of us to fullness of life.

Sr Maria Natella OP

CALLED to Listen – Sr Maria is a Dominican Sister of St Joseph. She is a very engaging, funny speaker and last led a workshop at Embrace in 2014. In her workshop she will be asking ‘What gets in the way of us hearing GOD’S Call in our lives?’



Mary’s Meals (A Fruit of Medjugorje)

CALLED to Serve – Joe Black grew up in Craig Lodge Community in Scotland where the work of Mary’s Meals began. Joe will tell the story of how Mary’s Meals grew from a family pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 1983 to an organization that now feeds more than 1.2 million children every school day in places of education all over the world.

Ros Powell

CALLED to Encounter – Ros will be leading a workshop exploring the Healing gifts of the Holy Spirit. The workshop will look at being filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in the Charisms, followed by some prayer.


Joe & Sarah Wells

CALLED to Marriage – Sarah and Joe will be sharing some of what they have learnt on their journey to marriage and what they’ve been learning over the first couple of years sharing life together as a married couple.



CALLED to be Imaginative – RISE Theatre CIC is a professional Christian theatre company with a passion for delivering exciting, original, transformative theatre. We believe that we all have an imagination that is God given and that we are called to use it. In this workshop come ready to pray, play and be dramatic. 


The Knights of St Columba

CALLED to Empower our youthThe Knights of Saint Columba is a Catholic fraternal service organisation dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. Through a PowerPoint-illustrated talk and discussion they will explore the ways they can help empower young people in the Church.


CJM Music

Our music and liturgy will be lead by CJM Music. Bringing Liturgy to Life… Jo Boyce and the CJM Music collective of talented friends will be leading music for praise and worship, during adoration and for Mass. www.cjmmusic.com



Sarah & Sam

Hey guys my name is Sam I’m 19 years old and I’m from Bournemouth. I love sports a lot, mainly football. One thing I love more than anything is Jesus and I’m so excited to be able to facilitate what the lord wants to do alongside my great friend Sarah. Helloooo my name is Sarah, I’m 20 and I’m studying Nursing at the University of Liverpool. I am so excited for Embrace, it’s going to be a cracking day! Can’t wait to welcome you and journey with you through the day!




RISE Theatre are a professional Christian theatre company. They will be performing two short drama sketches reflecting on the theme of being CALLED to serve God and our neighbour.


Éadaoin Quinn

CALLED to Answer –Éadaoin is a 5th year student in University of Liverpool. She grew up in Co.Down, Ireland and is so excited to share with us all her story of how the power of our Lord Jesus changed her life BIG-TIME.