Bishop Mark Edwards OMI got the final day of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival under way by leading Morning Mass. Bishop Edwards is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and is the Episcopal Vicar for Tertiary Education and Youth.
With day one of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival done and dusted, you might think the vibrant energy of the 20,000 attendees would begin to quell. You would be mistaken. If anything, day two of the festival was filled with even more joy and jubilation than the previous day.
We have more than 200 young people of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle among the 20,000 Catholic youths from across Australia at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival which started on 7 December.
The theme song - ‘Joyful Generation’ sung by Tim Hart - and musical entertainment by Canadian-born, Christian singer/songwriter, Matt Maher has set the scene for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney.
With less than one week until the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, the Australian Catholic Bishops Office for Youth has launched the official song for the festival.
Students and young people from across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are often engaged in activities that allow them to live out their faith in real and practical ways. From supporting music ministry to engaging with communities through social justice initiatives, attending youth days or helping out within their parish, students and young people have made extraordinary contributions to the life of the diocese.