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Year of Youth 2018

                                                  2018 is the Year of Youth in Australia

Year of Youth 2018

Open New Horizons

for Spreading Joy


Joy Spreading
Event for young adults
Come along and join us in Joy Spreading featuring special guest

Sam Clear

Friday 27 July
Lake View Hotel from 6.30pm

more details

Joy+ Diocesan Youth Free Festivals!

Ballarat Diocese is holding 3 x day-long Festivals called Joy+ for youth and young adults 15-30yo.
* Sunday 5 August ~ Robinvale
    * Sunday 2 September ~ Warrnambool West
    * Sunday 25 November ~ Ballarat

                from 12noon-8pm
Free! Featuring Genevieve Bryant and band wih special guests, workshops, worship, food and friends.  This is an initiative for the Year of Youth Opening New Horizons for Spreading Joy! 

Free Registration now open. Click here
Contact us for more info:
* Event Code of Conduct here
* Joy+ Timetable here

Joy+ Poster

Year of Youth 2018
The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, as a national Year of Youth.  The theme of the Year of Youth is Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy.

Year of Youth Prayer cards and posters of the Christ our Joy national image are being distributed to Parishes, secondary colleges, universities and other places in the Diocese.  The Prayer card also has other information and reflections on Christ our Joy. Please pray the Year of Youth prayer in your community.

Year of Youth
(will be added to regularly)

Find more info on the Melbourne Archdiocesan Office for Youth website including their Year of Youth Resource

Ballarat Diocese will be finding many diverse ways to focus on the Year of Youth 2018. We look forward to sharing ideas and plans with you.

The Australian Office for Youth has more Year of Youth info here.

Year of Youth aims to:

  • 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.

World Youth Day 2019

At the end of Year of Youth, WYD 2019 will be held in Panama from January 22-27. The theme is "The Mighty One has done great things for me, holy is his name" (Lk 1:49)


Joy Pope Francis

World-wide Synod on Young People ~ 
Rome, October 2018

Pope Francis has announced that the next world-wide Synod of Bishops will focus on ‘Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’.
It will be held in Rome in October 2018. 

The following words from Pope Francis emphasise the inclusive intention of the 2018 worldwide Synod on Young People:

“Some people say: “Let’s hold the Synod for young Catholics, for those belonging to Catholic groups; that way it will be better”.  No!  The Synod is meant to be the Synod for and of all young people.  Young people are its protagonists.  “But even young people who consider themselves agnostics?”  Yes!  “Even young people whose faith is lukewarm?”  Yes!  “Even young people who no longer go to Church?”  Yes!  “Even young people who consider themselves atheists?”  Yes!  This is the Synod of young people and we want to listen to one another.  Every young person has something to say to others.  He or she has something to say to adults, something to say to priests, sisters, bishops and even the Pope.  All of us need to listen to you!”

These words are from Pope Francis’ Address at the Prayer Vigil for WYD 2017 given on 8 April 2017. The Pope’s whole Address is here.  You may wish to use it as a starting-point as you consider the Year of Youth and the Youth Synod.

Australian Youth Report to the Synod.

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

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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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