Hobart to host fifth Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention

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Hobart to host fifth Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention

The Archdiocese of Hobart has been chosen to host the fifth Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention in July 2020.

Held every two years, the ACYMC is a national gathering for all those who minister to young Australian Catholics – from parishes to schools, dioceses, movements, religious orders, communities, universities, vocations and organisations.

Next year, around 400 participants are expected to attend the convention at St Mary’s Catholic College, Hobart, from July 9-11.

Malcolm Hart, Director of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Youth, said the ACYMC is part of the ongoing exploration of the role of youth in the Church, with the convention looking closely at Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation to young people Christus Vivit, published on March 25, 2019.

Archbishop Julian said the convention was “a great chance for people to learn from those involved in ministry to young Catholics and for the Church in Tasmania to be enriched by a conference that will be brimming with energy and creativity.”

Tomasz Juszczak, the Director of the Office of Youth Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Hobart said that the ACYMC has sparked a “real excitement” among the youth offices in the country.

“This is quite a big deal for us. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our youth ministry and how we experience the Catholic faith in Tasmania. We will bring a Tasmanian flavour to some things, so we can give people an experience of what things look like here.”

He also hopes it will help build youth ministry in the Archdiocese, “especially helping young leaders minister to other young people”. The convention will also focus on strategies and initiatives that will strengthen the relationship between Catholic students and neighbouring parishes.

“There are a lot of young people in Catholic schools and they do a lot of Catholic ministry with regards to social justice initiatives and other programs … and we want to help strengthen the formation they receive. We are hoping they can continue their sacramental life and be linked in a parish setting.”

“So, it is not just something they do at school, but something they continue throughout their life journey,” he said.

Registrations for ACYMC will open in late 2019 and is available for anyone who works with Catholics under the age of 35.