Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals

13/08/2014

Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals News Story
Catechesis I of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP for WYD13, Basilica da Imaculada Conceiçāo, Botefogo, Rio de Janiero, 24 July 2013. Photo: Alphonsus Fok

Since around 2000 and especially since the World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney in 2008, the Church in Australia has put a lot of energy into promoting the attendance of young people at the WYDs held internationally every three years.

Australia has also now begun its own cycle of national events (the Australian Catholic Youth Festivals or ACYFs), also slated to occur every three years and modelled substantially on WYD.

In his Paper Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals, the Bishop of Parramatta and Australian Bishops’ Delegate for Youth, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, examines a question commonly raised by priests, educators, youth ministers and people: is it all worth it – and what is the evidence?

What is overwhelmingly clear is that once ‘the big event’ is over the job of the clergy, youth ministers, parishes, schools and families is far from over: in fact it has only begun,” Bishop Anthony writes.

“‘The moment has come,’ as St John Paul II said, ‘to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelisation... No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples’.”

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