THE next few months will be a busy time for the new youth and campus minister at Sacred Heart Parish, Surfers Paradise.
Rebecca O’Connor, who took up the role on January 18, will spend four days a week working with St Michael’s College, Carrara and one day a week working in youth ministry throughout the parish.
She said there were plans to send two students from the college and hopefully one from the parish to World Youth Day and, if possible, she would like to accompany them.
‘Nothing is 100 per cent definite yet, but those are our plans. I’ll be pretty busy with fundraising and the organisation and I really would like to go as well.’
She said at this stage it had not been decided whether the small group would travel with the Brisbane archdiocesan pilgrimage to Cologne, leaving on August 4 and returning on August 24, or with another contingent.
The campus ministry position means a return home for Rebecca who is a past student of St Michael’s.
She graduated from the college in 1998 and has worked in youth ministry and has been involved in parish youth group activities since then.
Rebecca spent a year in Adelaide archdiocese in 2002 with NET (National Evangelisation Teams) and was then employed as the campus minister at Marymount College, Burleigh Waters from 2003 to mid-2004.
She said she hopes to resurrect the youth group and implement a comprehensive youth ministry including canvassing young people on their needs and wishes.
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