HE appeared on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes during World Youth Day 2008, his name is synonymous with reaching not only young people but countless others estranged from the Church and 21-year-old Patrick Langrell – newly appointed director of Young Adults for the Archdiocese of New York – will be in Brisbane for Faith on Tap on May 11.
“He’s an evangelist with a certain charism … a bright light,” said one of the organisers, Allison Atkins.
The well-liked Catholic Sydneysider, who began “Theology on Tap” in 2007, will defer undergraduate studies in law to pursue a dedicated commitment to youth overseas.
When asked, “What came first, the beer or the belief?” he was honest.
“It was definitely the belief,” Pat said on 60 Minutes.
“Being a Catholic Christian is something that defines us and it was definitely the idea of having a Catholic identity that really spurred me on to start a Theology on Tap.”
Allison said Brisbane’s Faith on Tap (FoT) was like “the little brother” of what Pat started and the team was looking forward to witnessing the energy and enthusiasm spurred by the visit, with Pat often drawing a crowd of more than 500.
The 21-year-old “dynamo” described his new job in New York as “a huge blessing”.
“There’s going to be a huge wave of evangelisation and energy in New York, especially with the new archbishop, Timothy Dolan.
“It’s going to be great to work alongside him.”
Pat will complete a double degree in arts and philosophy before he leaves Australia in June and said his family was looking forward to travelling overseas too.
“They always wanted to visit New York and now they have another reason to go,” Pat said.
Faith on Tap, for 18 to 35-year-olds, is held monthly at The Pineapple Hotel, 706 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, kicking off at 6.30pm. The May gathering is themed “Culture Wars” where Pat will help young people respond to Pope Benedict’s call to “bring about a new generation of apostles”.
“Young people around the world have been responding to that call through their unique personal vocations to holiness in the world,” Pat said.
“Yet when one answers that calling, one often finds oneself being a ‘sign of contradiction’ to modern culture and challenged from many angles.”
He will explain “how a post-WYD08 young person can tackle controversial moral questions”.
For more information about FoT call Allison on 0400 598 108.
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