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Australian Catholic Youth Festival

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. ACYF is a biennial festival, a powerful experience for young people.

As the largest Catholic gathering in Australia, the ACYF promotes and engages the life and voice of young Catholics, equipping them to live out their faith in the world.

The next ACYF will be held in December 2021 in a rural centre tba 

ACYFACFY2019 Perth ~  December 2019
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Bishop Paul and a number of representative from around the Ballarat Diocese were among the 5,500 who attended the Festival in Perth. You can read some of their Reports here

Watch a glimpse of the festival:

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ACYF Prayer Card side 1ACYF Prayer Card side 2

Click here to download a pdf of this prayer card.

Further copies are available from the Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office, email or ph. 5337 7160.


ACYF Sydney ~ 2017

Around 18,000 young people attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December 2017.  The theme of the Festival was Open new horizons for spreading joy.  The Festival offered a multitude of ways of expressing Catholic faith in an amazing three-day experience.  ACYF 2017 was held at Sydney Olympic Park and other nearby venues.     

From the Festival

The Ballarat diocese had a booth at the ACYF Expo based on Amazing Young People of Ballarat and Australia. Flyer here

ACYF 2017 Expo Booth - "Amazing Young People of Ballarat & Australia"

ACYF Group

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

ACYF is hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  The idea of hosting a large national festival grew out of Australia’s involvement in World Youth Days and a wish to gather Australia’s Catholic youth together. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to explore and deepen their faith, to be empowered to be agents of change in the world today, and to encounter and celebrate the diversity and vitality of Catholic faith in Australia.  It also gives the Bishops of Australia the opportunity to hear and meet the young people of Australia. The first Festival was held in Melbourne in 2013 and the second in Adelaide in 2015.  Many young people from Ballarat Diocese, together with Bishop Paul Bird, attended all three events.  


ACFY Official Song - Joyful Generation by Tim Hart



ACYF participants were excited to have Matt Maher perform at the Festival


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We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

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PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

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Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353