World-wide Synod & Year of Youth

World-wide Synod on Young People ~ Rome, October 2018
Pope Francis held a world-wide Synod of Bishops to focus on ‘Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’ in Rome in October 2018. The Final Document of the Synod of Bishops is available to view below.

Australian Youth Report to the Synod.

In 2016 the National Office for Youth conducted an Australia wide online Survey of youth and young adults (16-30yo).  15,000 young people from around the country including 200 from the Ballarat diocese completed the survey and reports from each diocese shaped the Australian report to Pope Francis and the Synod.

See the reports below:

National Youth Survey Full Report
Australian Report to the Synod
The Ballarat Report from the National Survey
Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment

2018 was the Year of Youth in Australia Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy  

The Year of Youth officially ended on 25 November 2018. We continue with our diocesan mission to support young people in their journeys of faith.

We will continue connecting with young people throughout the diocese.

We will continue to build communication and networks, and to offer resources on this website.

Videos from World Youth Day at home are available to view on demand here

The continuing Year of Youth aims are:

  • 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

These goals for the Year of Youth dovetail with the goals of Anointed and Sent: an Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry and provide a rich framework and challenges local faith communities to explore new horizons as they accompany young people into maturity.