Young people invited to celebrate their faith at Stronger Retreat

Thursday 18 July 2013

YOUNG people from across Australia will come together this September to celebrate their Catholic faith at a Stronger Retreat at Feathertop Chalet, Harrietville.

The retreat, organised by the Sandhurst Diocese, will be held from Friday, September 20, until Sunday, September 22, and is open to all young people aged 16-26.

Stronger allows people on various stages of their faith journeys to come together and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ in a fun and supportive environment. It also includes opportunities for communal and personal prayer, Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship and much more.

Key-note speakers Fr Christian Fini (Oblate of Mary Immaculate) and Stronger chaplain Fr Rob Galea will present on this year’s retreat theme ‘The Best is Yet to Come’, inspired by the Scriptural verse of Jeremiah 29:11.

Fr Fini is responsible for the Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate (MAMI), and Oblate youth ministry, as the Director of Oblate Youth Australia and Rosies Oblate Youth Mission. He has also been appointed by the Australian Bishops Conference as the chair of the committee hosting this year’s inaugural Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

Fr Galea is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, as well as a great motivational speaker. He also serves as an assistant priest at St Brendan’s Parish, Shepparton.

Sandhurst Youth Ministry Worker Jackson Saunders said Stronger Retreats have grown in popularity since they began in 2008.

“It started with eight young people in 2008, 24 in 2009, 45 the year after, then about 80 and then last year we had more than 100,” he said.

“This year we are again expecting about 100 young people from the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond for a fun and faith-filled weekend on retreat.”

Registrations are open until Monday, September 9, and cost $180, which includes accommodation and food for the retreat’s duration.

For more details about Stronger or to register, visit or view an online invitation at