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ACYF 2017 – Opening new horizons for spreading joy.

  The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Sydney this year was one of the most vibrant and energetic Catholic events I’ve ever attended. The experience showed me that the youth of today have taken up Pope Francis’ challenging address from the 2016 World Youth Day Prayer Vigil: “Dear yo...

Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

The following report seeks to explore the themes of Youth Ministry within the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The Archdiocesan model of youth ministry will be touched on briefly before examining faith in the Archdiocese (examining the National Church Life Survey), Youth in the Archdiocese (exa...

ACU students seeing the signs of faith

Pre-service teachers in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, studying at the Australian Catholic University are being formed to lead our Catholic schools to become centers of the New Evangelisation through the Signum Fidei Catholic Life and Mission Program. Signum Fidei, or Signs of Faith, is r...

Archdiocesan Youth Ministry on Mission in the Northern Territory

The new Youth Ministry vision across the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn has brought about wonderful things taking place with our young people. One such fruit is inviting young people and youth ministry leaders to participate in the mission of the Church – an invitation taken up on the recent North...

Merici College’s first Catch The Wave retreat

On the 11th of October, a number of youth ministers from the Youth Ministers International network, including: Sarah Pearson, Jazmyn Chalouhi, Jarryd Atkinson and Alannah Hodge ran Merici College’s very first Catch the Wave retreat. The retreat was held for over 150 year 8 students and year 9 ...

Canberra-Goulburn’s Youth Paving the Way to Mary

It was early morning, the 8th of October in Galong. Grey clouds were rolling in, but that would not deter the young people of the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn. Over 50 youth, and Archbishop Prowse, descended upon the main street, waiting to begin the inaugural Youth Pilgrimage to St. Clements Re...

Archdiocesan Educators ‘Leading the New Evangelisation’

A key teacher and leader formation initiative has been launched across the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The Archdiocese hosted, for the first time across the country, the new ACU La Salle Academy Graduate Certificate – Leading the New Evangelisation. The course centers on the expressi...

Spearheading faith formation across East Africa

Leaders from across the Archdiocese have returned from a mission to launch a new model of faith formation across East Africa. The mission, headed by Archdiocesan Youth Ministers coordinator Huw Warmenhoven, along with Fr Ken Barker MGL, Peter Woods and a team of four Youth Ministers from the Lismore...

The Ignorance of Christmas

By Jordan Hodge So you’re probably somewhat offended or intrigued right now, I’m guessing you have read the title and felt as if it is wrong to have a negative word in the same sentence as the word Christmas, or maybe you aren’t a fan of Christmas and wanted to gain some new material in ...

Purity

By Deacon Matt Ransom A number of years ago I was watching a great Christian speaker on the TV. She was talking about avoiding impurity and pornography by guarding your eyes, your heart and your thoughts as much as possible. This was not in a legalistic, fearful manner, but in freedom to grow closer...

Source and Summit

By Jordan Hodge I remember growing up through school being told that having a faith meant going to mass every Sunday, people would talk about mass calling it “the source and summit” as if it was the only thing that mattered. This was odd because my view of mass at that time was more like “a source o...

Delving into ethics of the body at SFX

Delving into the Ethics of the Body at St Francis Xavier What can I learn from the church about relationships and sexuality? And how are the church teachings on “being human” relevant in helping me be my best self in relationships? In May this year, students from year 12 at Saint Francis Xavier Coll...

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