Planning is well underway and Sydney Bishop Tony Randazzo has reached out to young people to invite them to a national Catholic youth conference being held for the first time in Sydney.
In a video message posted on social media by Sydney Catholic Youth, the bishop said he had worked with the Brisbane-based organisers of the annual Ignite Conference for many years and seen the “life-changing impact the conference has had with thousands of young people”.
“It draws together a network of high schoolers, young adults, ministry leaders, families, teachers, bishops, priests, deacons and religious from all around this great country, and sends them out with a passion for authentic faith in Jesus Christ,” Bishop Tony said.
Last year more than 1500 young people and supporters attended the conference in Brisbane and welcomed the announcement of its expansion into to accommodate its rising popularity.
“We’re entering into a time of growth.”
“We’re entering into a time of growth,” said Ignite Youth director Kym Keady at the time.
Ignite Youth’s broadening outreach is supported by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher.
The conference will run from 3-6 October at Freeman Catholic College in Bonnyrigg in south west Sydney and will follow an identical event in Brisbane in September.
The line-up of speakers and performers for this year include popular US-based Catholic youth speaker Paul J Kim, Melbourne hip-hop artist and Catholic missionary Josh Angrisano, and Sydney priest Fr Daniel McCaughan.
Bishop Randazzo, who serves Sydney’s south-west region, encouraged all young people from Sydney and beyond to experience “four days of real-world formation, encouragement in faith, meet amazing people and join in with powerful praise and worship”.
“We’re extremely excited to be having, for the very first time, the Ignite conference come down to Sydney in October this year,” said Sydney Catholic Youth team leader Chris Lee.
Prices start from $40 per day.
Students from Sydney Catholic Schools receive a 50 per cent discount and there are discounts for families. For information email [email protected]