The new face of the Church
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Archbishop Fisher welcomes youth ministry leaders from across the Archdiocese of Sydney who are already preparing for the post-COVID era
Milad Khalil, the new Sydney Catholic Youth team leader, said a recent gathering of young leaders with Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP was a taste of the great energy and enthusiasm that is growing for the youth ministry in the Archdiocese in 2022.
Youth and young adult leaders from across the Archdiocese enjoyed dinner with the Archbishop in his home to celebrate and thank for a difficult but gracious year.
The Archbishop thanked each young adult for the work they do in building the young church and how proud they are to lead a vibrant and youthful Church.
Encouraging them to stand firm in the love of Christ, he quoted Pope Francis telling them: âYou are the Church today!
“It was a beautiful night because it was one of our first opportunities to meet in person,” said Milad The Catholic weekly. âThere was a lot of energy in the room in terms of people’s excitement and anticipation for next year.
It was also a good opportunity for the young people to have a personal encounter with His Grace and to discover that he is very accessible and down to earth.
âI think His Grace was very positive and hopeful in the sense that we are going to see good things happen in the Church in the post-COVID era, that the vibrancy of our faith will really shine. It was also a good opportunity for the young people to have a personal encounter with His Grace and to discover that he is very accessible and down to earth.
Youth ministry in 2021 had adapted to lockdown and restrictions, and new ways of doing ministry developed with online outreach, but it was still difficult to do relationship ministry well, Milad said. .
For 2022, Milad’s team, which also includes youth leaders John Nguyen and Jennifer Healey, hope to foster a much closer collaboration between Catholic youth in Sydney and other agencies in the Archdiocese, for example schools. Sydney Catholics, university chaplaincies and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine which supports catechists in public schools.
âWe are looking to really develop local youth and young adult ministry and support our schools in their work. âSaid Milad, while the preparatory events for World Youth 2023 in Lisbon will also be high on the agenda.
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