As our year comes to a close, dioceses around the country are gathering their Youth Ministers to give thanks and reflect on 2020.
November 25-26 the Lismore Diocese Youth Ministry Officers were able to gather as a group after a long while apart in this time of pandemic. They experienced the opportunity to gather, share and pray for each other as well as receive recognition in their ministry by receiving their Signum Fidei certificates.
The Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese Youth Ministers gathered for their end of year retreat to reflect on a year in ministry. The retreat commenced with a Mass on Friday the 11th and concluded at Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday the 13th.
3 images followed the Youth Ministers over the course of the weekend. The first image; the last supper where the youth ministers gathered for Mass, then for a meal together to celebrate and affirm each other. The second image was the mountain top where they reflected on their deepest identity and the person of Christ. The third image was Jesus’ encounter with the disciples at the sea of Tiberias after his resurrection. These outwards signs were comprehensive tools in helping them to slow down and become present with Christ and each other as they recalled their year and discerned how the Lord was calling in holiness and into their vocations.
Huw Warmenhoven the Diocesan Manager for Youth in the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese said,
“The retreat was a moment for all of us to find peace amidst the chaos of 2020. It was inspiring to see a new generation of leaders within our church come into a context of discernment and renewal for their mission. I cannot wait to see where they go in 2021.”