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The Year of Youth will be launched at the Festival and run until the end of November 2018. The Year of Youth coincides with the ten year anniversary of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney and the pilgrimage around Australia of the Cross of Christ and the Icon of our Lady. This was an inspiring example of what can be achieved when the church community works in partnership with the power of the Holy Spirit, holding up and empowering young people as a great gift.

The Year of Youth reminds us that young people must be at the centre of any renewal strategy for the Church. We must work in partnership with young people’s passion and energy to assist us to become more fully alive as the body of Christ.

In our preparation for and participation in the Year of Youth, the Australian Bishops have commited to the following priorities:

  • Prayer - calling upon the Holy Spirit to open new horizons for spreading joy for young people and our faith communities;
  • Being present to young people in a variety of contexts to listen, pray and work together to address youth injustices;
  • Nurture the spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing of young people;
  • Accompany young people as they discern their vocation and place in the world.
  • Call upon the gifts of all generations of the Catholic faith community so that young and old may be inspired and fulfill Gods potential on this journey together.

The Australian Bishops have entrusted Year of Youth in 2018 to the guidance of the Holy Spirit of this great southland, and draw inspiration from St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Find out more about the Year of Youth here.