SPONSORED BY BRISBANE CATHOLIC EDUCATION
LAUGHTER, joy and a few tears filled the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm when more than 400 student leaders came together for an inspirational day of spiritual formation and leadership.
The student leaders from Brisbane Catholic Education and religious institute schools across Brisbane archdiocese gathered at the annual Powerhouse of Leaders to hear an impressive line-up of inspiring guest speakers encourage them to go out and have a Heart for Mercy, the theme for this year’s gathering.
Guest speakers included musician and composer and ACU lecturer Dr Maeve Heaney; Robyn Moore, the voice of children’s fictional character Blinky Bill; and former X Factor contestant and singing priest Fr Rob Galea.
Although he could not be with the students on the day, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, a keen supporter of the Powerhouse of Leaders, did have a video message for those gathered.
Donning a pair of cool, white “sunnies”, he implored the senior leaders to – in the words of St Mary MacKillop – “never see a need without doing something about it”.
In the video, shot in the St Stephen’s Chapel beside St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Archbishop also introduced the senior student leaders to the Catholic Collective, a new group connecting high-schoolers and young adults with Catholic youth initiatives across Brisbane archdiocese.
St Peter Claver College captain Imtithal Hassaballa, who appeared on stage with Dr Heaney, said the whole day was a great experience.
She said she left the gathering feeling inspired to take action in her life and make it the life she wanted it to be.
Powerhouse of Leaders MC Josh Francillon said it was an incredible experience and one he would never forget.
The student from St Francis College, Crestmead, said he had truly learnt the meaning of Mercy.
“I really enjoyed myself, listening to the speakers, taking in a lot of what they were talking about,” he said.
“I wouldn’t replace it for the world.”
This sponsored content has been provided by Brisbane Catholic Education for the annual Youth Leader feature. The content also appeared in our June 12, 2016 issue as paid content.