By Emilie Ng
BRISBANE’S Ignite Conference has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old.
Sister of Nazareth Antonia Ioleme attended the four-day youth event (September 25-28) with fellow sisters to share the beauty of religious life.
Sr Ioleme said spending time with many of the 1200 young people at Ignite Conference gave her a youthful energy.
“I feel younger again seeing all the young ones, with their spirits,” she said.
Sr Ioleme said Ignite Conference proved that “the Spirit was moving” in Australia’s young Catholics.
Volunteering youth ministers, like NET Ministries Australia national team member Jazz Chalouhi, were also touched by the energy at Ignite Conference.
Miss Chalouhi said it was a privilege to walk with young people as they encountered Christ in the Eucharist and the various talks and workshops offered at the youth event.
“At this Ignite Conference, just helping out, to see their lives transform to Jesus has been such an amazing thing,” she said.
“It’s so fruitful being a part of this Ignite Conference.”
Brisbane seminarian Dominik Orihz, who is on placement at Redcliffe parish, said Ignite Conference was “a life-changing experience”.
“It’s really mind-blowing just to see the young people of our age getting involved, being involved in Masses, Adoration,” Mr Orihz said. “I love everything about Ignite Conference.”