The Australian Catholic Bishops Office for Youth and the Parramatta Diocese will host the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) in western Sydney next year.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, who is the Bishops Delegate for Youth, shared his hopes about the fourth ACYMC.
“The ACYMC is an important resource for the Church in Australia. It provides a unique formation and training forum for those who support and minister to young people,” Archbishop Fisher said.
“In the Year of Youth, our work with young people has a renewed focus. I look forward to listening to the ACYMC attendees and carrying their voice directly back to Pope Francis and the Synod Fathers.”
ACYMC is expected to gather more than 500 attendees from across Australia, who minister with young people in a variety of settings including parishes, schools, religious orders, communities, dioceses, universities and Church organisations.
The event, to be held from September 21-23 2018, at Rooty Hill RSL, will share learnings from the Year of Youth in 2018 and prepare a future pathway for the diverse and growing needs of Catholic youth ministry in Australia.
Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. has also shared his excitement about hosting the ACYMC and responding to the needs of young people in Australia.
“Hosting the Convention in western Sydney provides a unique opportunity to tap into the rich diversity of our diocese. I look forward to the opportunity to discern the vision and strategies required to reach young people in Australia,” Bishop Long said.
“The feedback from the recent national youth survey has challenged us to address more confidently the issues of mental health, drugs, alcohol, relationships, and the digital world.”
ACYMC will include elements of formation, retreat and a unique forum in which youth ministers can contribute to future national initiatives and support. The convention program and speakers will be announced in early 2018.
The ACYMC will explore the call of Pope Francis to “Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy” and going out to the peripheries to support young people in finding their place in the world.