Gavin is a long serving member of Our Lady and St Dympna’s Parish, Aspley, having attended the parish school before continuing education in the Franciscan tradition at Padua College, Kedron.
Through the experiences of Rosies, Antioch and the Young Christian Workers (YCW), Gavin gained a thirst for ministry.
“We are constantly blessed as God places people in our paths that often we do not realise at the time what influence they have on us,” he said.
“People like former Padua College rector, Franciscan Father Barry Kirby; Alain Sauvage, who is now principal at St Columban’s, Caboolture; Damien Price of the Edmund Rice Family and Fr Jim Monaghan, a former national chaplain for the YCW, have all planted seeds that are still springing forth in my work.”
Through YCW, Gavin met his wife Michelle who also went to school at St Dympna’s, Aspley.
As a couple they are presenters for Celebrate Love, an enrichment and relationship education program for married couples.
“The task ahead for youth ministry in the North East Deanery is a challenging one, but one that excites and enthuses me,” he said.
“There are amazing things happening in the Church at the moment and the momentum is only going to pick up as we work towards World Youth Day in 2008.
“Most young people do not even realise what the Church has on offer for them.
“That is one of the major challenges for us in our work, but with God’s blessings, we will make a difference.”
Gavin has a thirst for justice and a passion for liturgy and good music.
He hopes to share these passions with the young people he works with, that they might feel the same excitement he does.
“The Journey” is held each Tuesday in Advent from 7pm at St Paschal’s Church, Wavell Heights.
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