Hobart to host 2020 youth event

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Young people pray during the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok

The Archdiocese of Hobart has been named as host of the fifth Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention in July 2020.

Malcolm Hart, director of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Youth, said the event to be held at St Mary’s Catholic College in Hobart from 9-11 July next year will continue a period of intense focus, locally and internationally, on the place of younger Catholics in the Church.

“Over the last three years the Church has deeply explored the giftedness of young people and the opportunities they offer the Church,” Mr Hart said.

Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation that followed the Synod of Bishops on Young People, “calls the entire people of God to accompany young people where they are and to be open to the voice of Christ speaking through them in what Pope Francis calls ‘the now of God’,” he added.

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, the Bishop Delegate for Youth, is inviting the whole Church in Australia to gather with youth ministry leaders and young people to discuss the local implementation of Christus Vivit at next year’s convention.

“In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis immediately identifies that the accompaniment of young people is the role of the entire people of God,” he said.

Malcolm Hart addresses the Australia Gathering in Krakow, Poland, in 2018.

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous said he is “very much looking forward to welcoming young leaders to Tasmania next year”. “This will be a great chance for people to learn from those involved in ministry to young Catholics and for the Church in Tasmania to be enriched by a conference that will be brimming with energy and creativity,” he said.

The ACYMC will focus on the accompaniment of young people in local communities, schools and in youth ministry, as well as the mental health of young people. The convention will feature keynote speakers, practical workshops, interactive presentations and specialised discussions on contextual ministry strategies.

Registrations will open in late 2019. For details contact Malcolm Hart at [email protected]

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