YOUNG altar servers from around the country gathered in Brisbane from January 15 to 18 for the 21st National Conference of the Guild of St Stephen.
The guild is an association that encourages a high standard of serving at Mass and other Catholic liturgies, instructing and explaining the role of altar serving.
More than 60 students from Years 7 to 12 travelled from Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Parramatta, Melbourne and Tasmania to attend the conference, which was first held in Hobart 50 years ago.
The Australian Guild of St Stephen is aligned with the mother guild, the Archconfraternity of St Stephen, which was first established in Westminister Cathedral in 1905, and was approved by Pope Pius X.
This year marks the 60th anniversary since the guild was established in Australia.
Parishes were encouraged to nominate young altar servers, both boys and girls, to attend the conference.
Five boys from the Brisbane archdiocese attended – four from Banyo-Nundah parish, and one from Coomera.
Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan spoke with the children on the person of the Father, a section of the conference’s theme, We Serve the Lord: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is based on the guild’s motto.
Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher celebrated Mass at the conference on January 17.
He also enrolled new members into the guild, handing out official medals to a number of the young servers.
Called to serve: Young altar servers gathered in Brisbane from January 15 to 18 at Marist College Ashgrove for the 21st National Conference of the Guild of St Stephen.
Supporting servers: National director of the Guild of St Stephen and St Mary's Cathedral Sydney resident priest Fr Danai Penollar (left) at the guild's national conference in Brisbane with Bishop Brian Finnigan and assistant director and assistant priest at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, Fr Dishan Candappa. They are in the sacristy before Mass during the conference.
Serving Christ: Bishop Brian Finnigan (centre) celebrated Mass with servers, seminarians, priests and youth leaders from around Australia for the 21st National Conference for the Guild of St Stephen held at Marist College, Ashgrove.
Joyful servants: Gabriel Guillaume of St Mary’s Upper Coomera and Michael Greathead, Ryan Nicdao, David Greathead, and Brandon McMorrow from Banyo-Nundah parish enjoyed meeting new people and growing in their commitment to serving the Lord at the altar.
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