More than 400 youth ministers from around the country gathered in Adelaide earlier this month for the third Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC). Organisers reported that a total of 66 participants were registered from the Melbourne Archdiocese, the largest representation from across the country to attend the three day event. To encourage youth ministers from the Melbourne Archdiocese to attend the Archdiocesan Office for Youth (AOY) offered 20 subsidies valued at $100 each. These were eagerly taken up by those working with youth in a variety of settings including parishes, schools and universities.
Vivien Dolar, volunteer youth minister at SPC Youth Group in Deer Park was one of the subsidy recipients. “I found ACYMC to be such an inspiring weekend. To meet, be around and learn from so many religious and lay people who share the same passion of bringing young people closer to Christ really fuelled the fire in my heart to continue and to better the ministry of both my parish youth group and my own personal ministry.”
In addition to the volunteer and professional youth ministers at the event, participants included six bishops and a number of teachers, priests and religious. The event included keynote presentations, liturgies, reflections from young people, and a variety of workshops. Apart from the more formal activities, the convention allowed participants to network with others through a number of dinners and activities. The ACBC Office for Youth also launched the new edition of “Anointed and Sent” the national vision statement for youth ministry in Australia. As Adelaide will be hosting the next Australian Catholic Youth Festival, a launch dinner was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre – the venue for the much anticipated Festival. This provided youth leaders with a sneak peak of all that is to come for December 2015!
Words: Annaliese Ros, Archdiocesan Office for Youth