Youth ministers urged to ‘start now’

Archbishop Christopher Prowse with students at the launch of The Academy program (Catholic Voice)

After nearly two years of lockdowns and COVID restrictions, Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia has relaunched its youth ministry formation program in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese. Source: Catholic Voice.

The program, known as The Academy, provides university-level recognition and a pathway for students to work as youth ministers in parishes and schools after they complete Year 12.

The Academy is for year 11 and 12 Catholic students and is offered in collaboration with Australian Catholic University.

Nathan Galea, Catholic Education Canberra-Goulburn’s project officer for evangelisation, is delighted with the enthusiasm and willingness of the 100 students taking part in the faith-based program.

“It’s a great encouragement for the students that their hard work is now recognised at a university level,” he said.

“The training The Academy provides ensures a bedrock of faith which will assist them in their chosen careers, particularly if they pursue Catholic teaching training.”

Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse, who met the students, commented how amazed he was at their ability to articulate their faith. He encouraged them to participate fully in The Academy’s programs.

“Here’s your opportunity,” he said. “Don’t wait until you’ve finished year 12. Then you say, ‘I’ll wait until I finish university.’ Then you say, ‘I’ll wait until I have enough money.’ Then, ‘I’ll wait until I’m married and have children.’ Then you’ll find that you’re waiting in the cemetery, and you’ve done nothing. Start now. Christianity is now.”


Youth ministers urged to ‘start now’ (Catholic Voice

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