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Participants at the iWitness Conference at Stanwell Park 2020. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

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The iWitness Conference held at Stanwell Park was an unforgettable weekend of formation, fun and faith says organiser Natalie Bechara.

The annual youth event brought together dozens of 18-35 year olds this month with dynamic Catholic speakers including clergy, religious and lay people for daily Mass, perpetual Eucharistic adoration, talks and games.

The theme this year was ‘Awake O Sleeper’ taken from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians. The iWitness Conference was established in the spirit of the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney. It seeks to help Australia’s young people engage with and be inspired by the Catholic faith.

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The lineup of speakers included Fr Lewi Barakat and Fr Ronnie Maree (who also served as chaplain), Sydney Catholic Youth team leader Chris Lee and The Catholic Weekly columnist Monica Doumit.

“This year’s conference was an absolute joy,” said Natalie.  “I not only saw veteran iWitness attendees coming to refresh their faith, but also newcomers with a beautiful openness to what the Lord might be asking of them.

“A highlight for me was during our Friday night games when, through no prompting whatsoever, attendees broke out into an impromptu, communal dance which brought me so much joy and gratitude.

“Since the conference ended, each team member has continued to receive positive feedback.”

Cyron Sobrevinas said it was a great faith-filled event. “It’s always great to come together with other young people who want to grow more in their faith,” he said. “And it’s a good opportunity to get away and recharge as well.”

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