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Year of Youth 2018

2018 is the Year of Youth in Australia

Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy  


Year of Youth 2018The Year of Youth officially ended on
25 November when the new
liturgical year began. However we
will be continuing 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.

Our next event is
World Youth Day at Home Hangout
on Sunday 27 January 2019 6pm-7pm.

It's World Youth Day! Join us online with Pope Francis.

Click here for more info

Joy+  Festival
Click here for a copy of Bishop Paul Bird's homily from the Warrnambool West Joy+  Festival Mass.

 National Youth Survey Full Report at bottom of page 


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.

Joy Pope Francis

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. 

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

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

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