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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 »

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 »

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

purpose

“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 »

Write for Australia’s best Catholic newspaper

  CALLING ALL YOUNG WRITERS! Got something to say about your generation? Want to explain what it means to be a young Catholic? Then maybe you’re meant to write for The Catholic Leader, voted Australia’s best Catholic newspaper. The Catholic Leader in Brisbane is looking for young Catholic teenagers to write a regular column on our yet-to-be-released new youth page. All you ... Read More »

Highschoolers plug into renewed faith

IS it what one camper described as the “phenomenal” food? Is it the “contagiously fun” outdoor water activities? Is it the chance to “openly express” faith in God through prayer and worship? It’s all of the above and more as high schoolers from Brisbane archdiocese and beyond once again unplugged from social media to connect with the Ignite Summer Camp, ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics add voice to national youth council

Youth council

TWO young Catholics from Brisbane have been chosen to work with the Australia’s bishops to “get a pulse” on issues and trends affecting young people. Brisbane Maronite community youth leader Shawn Torbey and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state youth manager Cassandra Bull are among the four young Catholics picked for an advisory council to the Australian bishops. David ... Read More »