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Students at the 10:10 Conference in Sydney (SCS/Captured FramesPhotography)

Sydney Catholic school students have been challenged to spend their time more wisely by living counter-culturally, coming back to God and the sacraments. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

More than 700 students came together to experience Jesus’ invitation to live “life to the full” at the annual 10:10 Conference at Waterview in Bicentennial Park last month.

Catholic youth heard from Bishop Daniel Meagher, Fr Benjamin Saliba, Missionary of God’s Love Bernadette Toohey, and performer Natasha Pinto.

The talks focused on contemporary issues facing youth on sexuality, masculinity, knowing the truth and being courageous in the face of opposition.

The conference is part of the 10:10 Project, a Sydney Catholic Schools youth-ministry initiative that helps deepen student understanding and appreciation of the Catholic Church’s teachings on the human person and relationships. The project takes its name from John 10:10 – “I came that they may have life and have it to the full.”

The 10:10 Project began with just three schools in 2020 and has swelled to 20 by 2023. It has grown in response to society’s “use and abuse” approach to relationships among young people.

The immediate effect of the talks was evident in the large number of students who spent time in the adoration chapel and received the sacrament of Reconciliation.

One Year 10 student who attended said the talks helped them to understand “the inherent worth and value that everybody has, solely because they are created by God”.

“We are all created perfectly, and it is because of what we are bombarded with in modern society that we may feel that we aren’t, however that is merely superficial. Do not be afraid of going against the ‘norm’.”


A counter-cultural youth (The Catholic Weekly)

Students ‘live life to the full’ at 10:10 Conference (Sydney Catholic Schools)