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Ignite Conference 2017: Come

The Gospels are four books of ‘wild trekking’ through Israel by Jesus and his crew, and honestly, Jesus called his disciples into some radical places. He drew them close and sent them out often, and each time He did so it was with a purpose and for a mission. When we read one of the Ignite Conference theme scriptures, from ... Read More »

Ignite Conference 2017: Come, Holy Spirit

Praying

I’m scared of the dark. Well not so much anymore, but the ‘dark’ was my greatest enemy – each night was an actual nightmare. There was nothing to be afraid of, but for years I was terrified. Anytime I got scared, my mum and dad would say the same thing to me. “Say a little prayer to the Holy Spirit.” ... Read More »

Ignite Conference 2017: Reflections on Adoration

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“Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” Mt 6:10. I’ll never forget the first time I experienced Adoration. I went into the room not really understanding God or what faith was truly about. I had been going to church since I was a child, I’d gone through a Catholic school and been at ... Read More »

Ignite Conference 2017: Reflections on Worship

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I tend to be a pretty serious person. Anyone who knows me will probably roll their eyes at that statement, cause look – I do crack a lot of jokes. But I think a lot. Kind of non-stop. It’s really easy to cracks some jokes. It feels pretty terrible when you feel like a joke. At times I can be ... Read More »

Ignite Conference 2017: Reflections of a Small Group Leader

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Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a small group leader at Ignite Conference. I’ve seen many faces and had the chance to share many people’s experiences. A few years ago, I was a small group leader for a group of year 12 guys. There were about 13 or so and for the first few sessions ... Read More »

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

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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 »

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