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Praise and worship at the Ignite Conference in Sydney (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The Ignite Conference returned to Sydney, following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, presenting the Catholic faith to young people over four days of faith, fun, music and friendship. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Hosted by Ignite Youth, a national Catholic youth ministry of the Emmanuel Community, the September 30 conference brought together 700 students and young adults from Sydney and beyond. It followed a similar conference in Brisbane held earlier in September.

People came from as far away as Bathurst, Hobart and Melbourne to experience keynotes and workshops, sacraments, worship, prayer, sport and games, and an expo held at Freeman Catholic College in Bonnyrigg.

The event was supported by many Sydney lay ministry leaders, clergy, religious and seminarians.

They included the Sydney Youth Mission Team, marriage ministry leaders Francine and Byron Pirola, former Amazing Race contestant Therese Mills MGL, the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation’s Sr Anastacia Reeves OP, Sydney Centre for Evangelisation director Daniel Ang, and Sydney priest Fr Daniel McCaughan – all also presented keynote sessions or workshops.

Highlights included Eucharistic adoration, praise and worship sessions, and powerful testimonies of faith, with young people queuing to see the several priests who made themselves available for the sacrament of reconciliation.

“It’s been such an energising few days, and there’s a sense of excitement to see so many young leaders, students and young adults, celebrating and talking about their faith and life’s mission after a couple years of isolation,” Mr Ang said.


Youth fired by the Spirit at Ignite gathering (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly)