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Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
From the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life

Today (Friday 1 October), the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) starts in Melbourne. This event which will be held at St Patrick’s Campus of the Australian Catholic University is a project of the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life.

Bishop Grech, the Bishops’ delegate for youth, is looking forward to welcoming all youth ministers to the convention.

“It is with great excitement that I welcome youth ministers to the first Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention. Over the next few days we gather to reflect on the graces and challenges of youth ministry in the church in our country. It will be a time of formation, prayer, celebration and fellowship.”

“The theme for the 2010 ACYMC is “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (MK 10:17). This is also the theme of WYD2010 as set by Pope Benedict XVI . In youth ministry we are called to help young people seek the answers by sharing with them passionately, constantly and boldly the presence and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This work with the young heart of the church is crucial in fanning the fire of Jesus Christ in our world today.”

The Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer, Malcolm Hart, has headed up the coordination and organisation of the Convention and has been impressed with the response of registrations that have come in from around the nation. 

This year's convention also includes, Dr Bob McCarty, the Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in the USA. The NFCYM hosts 2 big events in the USA – National Catholic Youth Convention which gathers over 20,000 young people and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry which forms 2,500 youth ministers. Bob is an author of a number of youth ministry books and travels internationally including the UK earlier this year to work with the newly established Catholic Youth Ministry Federation where he addressed over 1,000 youth ministers. He will be speaking at the ACYMC on foundational and inspirational youth ministry.

Assisting on the local organising committee, Jess Denehy, who is also the Youth Coordinator in the Diocese of Sale says that the response has been incredible, and she believes that this is because of the formation that will be offered as part of the convention.

“I’m from a rural diocese, and particularly for those of us who work in rural areas, we will benefit enormously from the skills and resource sharing that will take place. Coming from a rural diocese, I’m excited to see the ACYMC provide formation in a variety of settings to equip those also in rural communities and schools to share the Gospel message with young people.”

“There are over 30 workshops , which include a bit of everything, youth ministry culture in schools, online youth ministry, teaching and facilitation skills, liturgy and prayer and much more.”

For further information about the ACYMC or national Youth Ministry initiatives, contact Malcolm Hart, BCPL Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer on 0419 951 417.

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