Forum to discuss Year of Youth

The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.

The Diocesan Council for Ministry with Young People is currently looking at ways to celebrate this special year in our diocese. You are invited to have your say, and attend a forum on 23 August, 6pm at St Paul’s Primary School, Rutherford. This forum will be an opportunity to make suggestions, hear ideas and participate in discussion.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference says that ‘the Year of Youth invites the church into dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.

The Year of Youth aims:

  • to prayerfully discern the Australian Bishops’ vision for ministry with young people, “Anointed and Sent”;
  • to bring about authentic and personal engagement by Church leaders in the challenges and successes of young people’s lives;
  • to acknowledge the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of young people, and young people acting according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church; and
  • to uphold the dignity of young people, ensuring a safe environment from physical, emotional and spiritual harm.

The Year of Youth is focused on local renewal and engagement.’

If you are unable to attend the forum, but would like to have your say, please email by 22 August.


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Brooke Robinson

Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle