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Brisbane Catholics add voice to national youth council

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New voices: Serving youth: St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state youth manager Cassandra Bull and Maronite Catholic Shawn Torbey.

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 Cloran and Patrick Langrell, from the Sydney archdiocese, have also been asked to join the council this year.

The council members will share their experiences and talents with Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher, the bishops’ delegate for youth, and the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life.

Mr Torbey, who was nominated by Australian Maronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, said Latin-rite Catholics faced similar issues to their Eastern counterparts.

He looked forward to meeting with the council and Archbishop Fisher to share his experiences and struggles as a Maronite Catholic.

“I was asked to be on the council because the Catholic Church wants a Maronite representative,” Mr Torbey said.

“I definitely think there are similar issues youth are facing both in the Maronite rite and the Latin.

“When people who are like-minded start bouncing ideas around and come together, there is an opportunity for creating something new.”

After finishing her term with the Brisbane archdiocesan commission for youth, Miss Bull is ready to share her experiences of the Church nationally. 

“I became a Catholic as a teenager, so I think that gives the council a mix of experiences,” she said.

“I think it’s a good chance to get a sense of what’s going on nationwide, to get the pulse on youth in Australia.”

Miss Bull said her work with Vinnies Australia and passion for social justice would also be significant considering the jubilee Year of Mercy.

By Emilie Ng

Written by: Emilie Ng

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