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Category Archives: Youth

Australian young Catholic tells planning meeting for synod, WYD to listen to youth

Ashleigh Green at conference in Rome

Young Australian Ashleigh Green has told representatives planning the next Synod of Bishops that disadvantaged and marginalised youth are hurting and need to be heard. Ms Green, who is a social worker for CatholicCare in the Broken Bay diocese, represented Australia at an international conference in Rome from April 5 to 9 alongside director for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference ... Read More »

Broken Bay youth leader to help plan WYD, Synod in Rome says young Australians want “a say in the vision of the Church”

Ashleigh Green

LEADERS from across the world will hear the hopes and desires of Australian youth when two delegates fly to Rome next month. Young woman Ashleigh Green, of Broken Bay diocese, and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for Youth director Malcolm Hart will represent Australia at an international meeting to discuss, plan and prepare for World Youth Day Panama and the ... Read More »

Year of Youth in 2018 will be a special time to ‘make the Church seen’

Sydney pilgrims

UNIVERSITY student Michelle Jory is itching to show the world that the Catholic Church is alive when the Year of Youth kicks off in Australia next year. The Brisbane nursing student is one of thousands of young Catholics and youth ministry leaders preparing for the special national liturgical year initiated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). The Year of ... Read More »

The amazing things that happen when you get out of your comfort zone

pathway

COMFORT zones and I get along very well, so well in fact that they were once all I knew and anything outside of that was a massive no.  I liked the familiar, the predictable and the expected.   I learnt my limits, I knew how outgoing I could be without feeling self-conscious and I learnt how to take calculated risks.  ... Read More »

Why I don’t drink alcohol: A teenager’s perspective

alcohol

I AM 19 years old; I have never touched alcohol and I never will. So now that I have your attention, let me explain. Firstly I would just like to make one thing clear – I have absolutely nothing against alcohol or people who drink and in no way, shape or form am I saying that alcohol is bad.  In ... Read More »

Election 2016: What young people can do to influence Australian politics

LAUNCHING a career in politics isn’t the only way to turn influential ideas into policies and laws. National Civic Council Queensland president and father to five Luke McCormack  believes any professional young person has the capacity to influence Australia’s democratic process without becoming a candidate. “Society was built on institutions, and of course the political realm is one, unions are ... Read More »

How this young woman survives working in a male-dominated career

Gemma Hartwig knows all too well the challenges of being a young woman working in a trade. An 18-year-old diesel fitter, who attended Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby, is grateful for the opportunity to follow a Vocational Education Training pathway, which led to a trade apprenticeship. However, she told a VET Symposium 2016, organised by Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

Catholic Collective takes ‘risk’ in evangelising young people

Diocesan youth office

TERESA McGrath and Zach Woodward, from Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth Evangelisation Office, are familiar faces, but they asked not to have their photo taken for this story. The seemingly odd request was not out of a phobia, but at the core of their new offering, the Catholic Collective. Launched at the Powerhouse of Leaders on May 9, the Catholic Collective is a platform ... Read More »

Finding our purpose in our talents

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“WHAT is my purpose in life and what am I being called to do?” This is arguably the most prominent question on the majority of teenagers’ and young adults’ minds, at least it is amongst my friendship circles.  This is no small question and it requires a lot of reflection and prayer. For me, I’ve just finished Year 12 and ... Read More »