Parramatta Youth: Excited and Proud of ‘their’ Bishop
|You Are Called – One Year to Go to World Youth Day Rio in 2013. Photography: Alphonsus Fok|
Originally published in Catholic Outlook November 2014
By Catholic Youth Parramatta Director James Camden
Catholic youth in Western Sydney have been saddened but excited and proud of the appointment of Archbishop Anthony as Archbishop of Sydney. His legacy will be his dedication and commitment to ensuring that youth ministry is, and always will be, a priority in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
The number of youth groups and ministries has more than doubled since he became the Bishop of Parramatta. We can proudly say that there are now more than 90 groups and ministries operating. We have been fortunate for many years to ‘gloat’ that our Bishop is also the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Youth, responsible for advocating for all young Australians to the bishops of our country when they meet on issues and initiatives that concern us. This has often placed Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP) as the diocesan agency for youth in the spotlight right across the nation.
|Bishop Anthony Fisher with Singer Gary Pinto and CYP youth at Diocesan Youth Festival, 27 September 2013, Blacktown. Photography: Alphonsus Fok|
On 8 November, we will gather thousands of young people to officially farewell Archbishop Anthony at a Mass, presentation and lunch at St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown. This will be a fitting tribute to his contribution to the youth of our Diocese, many of whom have travelled the world with him during World Youth Day.
Archbishop Anthony’s final action will be to commission the first diocesan Youth Council at his Farewell Mass with us. He has carefully selected 15 remarkable young men and women to build on the work of Catholic Youth Parramatta. Their appointment is for three years and will see them meet more than five times a year. The council will be chaired by the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Pastoral Planning.Archbishop Anthony has been the driving force in having this group formally recognised, endorsed and supported in their future mission. We wish them well and thank them for ‘saying yes’. We look forward to robust discussion but plenty of action as we put ‘faith in our future’.
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