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Youth share vibrant faith

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The Southern Cross  |  December 2021

Youth share vibrant faith

More than 100 young people shared their experiences of faith and hopes for the local Church at the Diocesan Youth Assembly held at Nazareth College, Findon Campus, last month.

The day included a panel discussion with young participants in the recent Plenary Council of Australia and Diocesan Assembly, group conversations, prayer and music.

Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults coordinator Peter Bierer said what made the day so special was the “respect and acknowledgment of the diversity of experiences of the participants”.

“There was a real sense of people listening to one another, wanting to work together, and celebrate being the young church of the Archdiocese of Adelaide,” he said.

“It was a model of what church can be – for the rest of us!”

Participants aged 16 to 30 were joined by parish, school and community leaders, including Archbishop Patrick O’Regan.

The results of the discussions will feed into the Diocesan Pastoral Council, the Council for Ministry for Young People and diocesan agencies.

Cabra College student and Aberfoyle Park parishioner Hannah Smailes, 16, said the day was filled with “loads of positive energy, super friendly people and plenty of really powerful, deep conversations”.

“There was just such a great vibe – everyone was so engaged and excited and just really embraced the opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Developing connections with other school leaders, Vinnies and the Council for Integral Ecology were other highlights for Hannah, who will be Mission captain at Cabra next year.

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Picture: Rachele and Pietro Trentin with Emma Sexton at the Diocesan Youth Assembly. Photo: Ben Macmahon

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