The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.
The Year of Youth invites the Church into prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.
Year of Youth Aims
prayerfully discern the Australian Bishops vision for ministry with young people, Anointed and Sent
authentic and personal engagement by Church leaders in the challenges and success in young people’s lives
acknowledging the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of young people, and young people acting upon the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church;
upholding the dignity of young people, ensuring a safe environment from physical, emotional and spiritual harm
The aims for the Year of Youth dovetail together with the goals of Anointed and Sent: an Australian vision for catholic youth ministry provide a rich framework and challenges local faith communities to explore new horizons as they accompany young people into maturity.
Year of Youth Launch
Local faith communities are encouraged to launch the Year of Youth on Sunday 3rd December 2017.
The national launch for Year of Youth will be held in Sydney, at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, 7th-9th December.