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Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention ready to welcome youth ministers


The second Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) will be held in Campbelltown from 21 to 23 September 2012.

It is expected to gather up to 500 participants from around the country who minister with young people in dioceses, parishes and schools, religious orders, universities, movements and communities.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) delegate for youth, will attend the convention and meet many of the key youth ministry leaders from around the country.

“It will be exciting to be back amongst a special group of people in Australia who I have missed since World Youth Day 2008,” Bishop Anthony said.

“There have been many great successes since WYD08 in Sydney, and we must continue to build upon them and listen to the Holy Spirit in all we do.”

Over the past 12 months, an organising committee chaired by Malcolm Hart, Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer with the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, has been developing the program and preparing for this important biennial convention.

“Our focus for this year’s gathering is to explore the ACBC’s statement Anointed and Sent: an Australian vision for Catholic Youth Ministry,” Malcolm said.

“Our keynote speakers, Sr Hilda Scott OSB, Fr Christian Fini and Mr Shayne Bennett, will explore each of the goals of the document, and our workshops and expo will provide practical strategies and resources for youth ministry.”

Wollongong Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator, Loretta Brinkman, said the organising committee had prepared an engaging experience.

“A full youth band will be present all weekend led by Jen Charadia, an experienced Australian singer songwriter and Wollongong local. We have also established a liturgy team to create a greater community setting for our prayer and liturgies, which is central to the formation and support of those youth ministers attending.”

ACYMC 2012 will be held at the Campbelltown Catholic Club. The convention will include presentations on youth mental health issues, social networking protocols as well as the opportunity to utilise social networking forums such as Facebook and Twitter for participant discussion and feedback.

The Diocese of Wollongong is facilitating home stay for participants who wish to reduce the cost of attendance.

The full program, registration and further details about the convention are now available at

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