ACYF to kick off!
To watch sessions of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival live, check out the xt3 website HERE
What is the Australian Catholic Youth Festival?
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a national
gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic
Bishops Conference. It provides young people with an opportunity to deepen
their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today,
and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.
The Festival will be interactive and engaging and participants
are able to attend a wide range of activities across the three days. The workshops will cover a variety of topics
of interest to young people including social justice, song writing and ethical
issues. Each day there will be a main plenary session where all participants
gather together to celebrate as one group. There is also an interactive expo
where young people can engage with Catholic movements and organisations. In addition, participants have the
opportunity to experience different spiritualties and prayer forms including meditation,
adoration, praise, and more, led by experienced facilitators and talented
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival has taken the theme –
Open new horizons of spreading joy: Young people, faith and vocational
discernment. The theme draws inspiration from Pope Francis’ address to young
people at the Vigil at WYD Krakow 2016, along with the theme chosen for the
next General Synod to be held in Rome during 2018. Pope Francis continues to
challenge the young people of the world to boldly engage with their faith,
their relationship with Jesus and the world.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is also be kicking off the Year of Youth.