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Tens of thousands of young Australian Catholics have spent three days celebrating their faith in Sydney. The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) welcomed participants from all over Australia and invited them to concerts, workshops, fun activities and prayer.
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.
The 20,000-strong crowd of young Catholics also witnessed the Opening Plenary featuring Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
He spoke about the theme of this year’s festival which is ‘New Horizons for Spreading Joy’ and he proclaimed “your faith has to burn so bright it sets the world alight”.
After the Opening Plenary, Archbishop Fisher OP, Matt Maher and the festival’s Youth Ambassador, Melinda Koutsoukos, hosted a press conference about both the festival and the Year of Youth.
The trio took the opportunity to impart some valuable advice to young Catholics on living their faith in the modern world.
The press conference was live-streamed on our Facebook page and you can watch it here.
The festival runs into the weekend and some of the highlights include:
- performances by Emmanual Worship Gus & Iggy, Emma Fradd and more
- a number of forums including ‘Gaming, Masculinity and My Faith’, led by Peter Holmes; ‘Are we Dating?’, led by Simon Carrington; and ‘Navigating Life’, led by Chris Lee
Stay tuned to MNnews.Today for complete coverage of the festival.
You can also follow the festival’s events via life webcast here.
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