The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.
The Year of Youth invites the church into dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.
The Year of Youth aims:
- 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; and
- upholding the dignity of young people, ensuring a safe environment from physical, emotional and spiritual harm.
The Year of Youth is focused on local renewal and engagement.
More information can be found on the Australian Catholic Bishops website: