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Popular singer-songwriter Fr Rob Galea was set to perform at Ignite Youth 2018 in Brisbane. PHOTO: ACBC

One of the most powerful Catholic youth conferences held in Australia each year is set to bring its evangelising spirit to Sydney in 2019.

The Ignite Conference—which is held annually in Brisbane and aims to create a generation “on fire for Jesus”—will take place in Sydney for the first time from 3 -6 October 2019, at Freeman College in Bonnyrigg.

It will continue to be held in Brisbane also, in the week prior to Sydney’s event.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has given his formal blessing to the Conference being held in Sydney and has agreed to celebrate the opening Mass of the inaugural event on 4 October 2019.

Director of Ignite Youth, Kym Keady, said the annual event attracts over 1500 young people, including ministry leaders, teachers, parents, families, priests and religious.

“The goal of the Conference is to create a place for young people to encounter Christ in a deep and personal way,” Ms Keady said. “It is also a space to experience Sacramental celebration, faith formation and build relationships in a positive environment.”

Gary Pinto performing at ACYF in 2017. He also performed at Ignite 2018 in Brisbane. PHOTO: ACBC

The official announcement of this new phase of Ignite will be announced at this year’s Conference held from 27 to 30 September in Brisbane.

Guest presenters at the 2018 Conference include musicians, Gary and Natasha Pinto and Fr Rob Galea, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Sr Mel Dwyer from the Canossian Daughters of Charity, Brendan Malone from Focus on the Family NZ, and Dr Paul Morrissey of Campion College.

The Ignite Conference first began in 2001 and is the initiative of the Emmanuel Covenant Community based in Brisbane. It draws together a network of youth leaders, schools, groups and individuals who share a common vision to communicate the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Director of Outreach for the Sydney Archdiocese, Ian Smith, said he is excited about the event coming to Sydney.

“Ignite Sydney promises to connect, evangelise and form young people in ways not seen previously in Sydney.”

“It will set hearts on fire with the love Jesus has for each of us, and give mission to fan the flame of His love.”

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