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Go, rebuild my Church – 5,500 pilgrims descend on Perth for Australian Catholic Youth Festival

YOUNG Australian Catholics marched in their thousands to the steps of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last weekend – a pilgrim army united by faith and age, and urged by their bishops to “go and rebuild” the Church.  “Help stop the Church – my Church – from falling into ruin,” Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe told the 5500 young Catholics amassed ... Read More »

Pentecostal leader to Catholics: ‘God wants to see Catholic churches filled with young people’

Karolina Gunsser

PENTECOSTALS buck the trend when it comes to falling numbers amongst churches in Australia. Their congregations are growing strongly particularly amongst the young. When Brisbane’s Karolina Gunsser, a community leader with Citipointe Church, Redcliffe, took to the stage at the recent Proclaim 2018 Conference, she had a powerful message for Catholics about how to engage young people and fuel their ... Read More »

How do we bring people back to the Church? Focus on teenagers

Steve Allgeyer

YOUTH minister Steve Allgeyer is convinced the Catholic Church will “come alive” if parishes put more energy into reaching teenagers. Mr Allgeyer is the vice-president of ministry advancement at Life Teen, a United States-based youth movement that visited Brisbane last year. With more than 25 years’ experience in youth ministry, he has seen the power of building the Church from ... Read More »

Youth Feature: National conference to draw more young to Jesus

Ignite Conference

SPONSORED BY IGNITE YOUTH for IGNITE CONFERENCE   IGNITE Conference is a national Catholic youth conference held in Brisbane.  It’s about encountering Jesus Christ and the Church, experiencing dynamic faith, being equipped for living the Christian life, and being empowered to impact the Church and the world. Every year Ignite Conference draws more than 1300 adults, students, kids, ministry leaders, ... Read More »

New role to guide youth

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE youth project consultant Teresa McGrath is helping in the search for the right person to help “animate” archdiocesan youth initiatives for the next three years.  Mrs McGrath has spent the last 12 months connecting with youth initiatives within Brisbane ethnic communities, parishes, Catholic movements, social justice organisations and other areas to develop a proposal for youth ... Read More »

Three-year-old calls time out

little kid

By Dave Jorna  THE other day while I was at home getting ready for a retreat day my three-year-old son, Tobias, came up to me and said, “Daddy, Aston Martin hurt my face and is not listening”. Tobias loves playing with toy cars, especially his Aston Martin. I was a bit confused and I asked what he meant, so he ... Read More »

Youth leader is Marist at heart

Christian Nobleza

MARIST Youth Ministry regional co-ordinator Christian Nobleza last week officially said goodbye to the community that he’s called family for the past five years. Mr Nobleza finished up his role in what was a “bitter-sweet” decision. “But I have a lot of peace about the decision that I’ve made,” he said. Marist Schools Australia national director Br Michael Green thanked ... Read More »

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