By Emile Ng
WHEN Sally McEniry left her home in Victoria for Brisbane to study dance four years ago, she had no family to welcome her into her new home.
But over the past year, the 23-year-old has found a “sense of family” within the Marist community of religious brothers, priests, and young adults.
Between 2010 and 2013 Miss McEniry studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in dance, and subsequently received a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.
In 2013, she met Christian Nobleza, the then Regional Coordinator for Marist Youth Ministry Brisbane and worked with him for six months as an intern.
In that short time, Miss McEniry saw God place opportunities on her path that has now lead her into working in youth ministry instead of pursuing a career in teaching.
Miss McEniry was named the new regional coordinator for Marist Youth Ministry Brisbane earlier this year.
“It’s not something I planned, but it felt right,” she said.
“Me working in youth ministry just evolved, with credit to the Grace of God,” she said.
“I’m loving what I’m doing,” she said.
With a change in leadership also comes a change in vision, and this year, Marist Youth Ministry Brisbane will focus on “stepping up social outreach”.
On March 18, Marist Youth Ministry ran a new event called Exchange, which asked the question, ‘Who are the poor?’
“For us it’s really about continuing the vision that Christian and Marist have already established, and with our new team, trying to play on our strengths,” Miss McEniry said.
“Change is always scary for people, but it’s also an exciting opportunity for us to redesign the future of youth ministry in the wider Church,” she said.
As the ministry creates new ways to form its young adult community, Miss McEniry said the primary goal was to connect to young adults “where they’re at”.
“We’re really unique because we reach a different market to other ministries, ranging from charismatics to Latin Mass Catholics and even people who have never experienced the Church,” she said.
Miss McEniry said Marist Youth Ministry and the entire Marist community of Brothers and priests were incredibly hospitable and welcoming.
She said Marist Youth Ministry was a place where young adults could “take off their masks” and be connected to an Australia-wide family.
Connect with Marist Youth Ministry Brisbane on Facebook to find out more about their upcoming events.