Christopher Gilroy – YMI Coordinator
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35) is the scripture that comes to my mind when I think of our Youth Ministers in our schools and parishes across the country and beyond, within the YMI Network. We all know what kind of year we have been up against, but thank God for the hearts that are orientated towards Jesus that flow into our parishes, schools and communities. The Youth Ministers in our network are still going strong and creating waves as they get closer to the conclusion of their year on mission.
They have just completed the last of their training with the ACU La Salle Academy in the Signum Fidei program with good standard of work and plenty of encouraging stories and experiences of the love of God to share and carry on into the future. All first year Youth Ministers are taken through our Signum Fidei formation program which equips them for a year of mission and evangelisation into our communities. Canberra Youth Minister Maddie Greenwood said, “It was good to dive deeper into the topics that were actually quite relevant to my personal ministry.”
Many youth ministers had great things to say about the the encouragement and inspiration they received from each other in our online gatherings which helped them in their individual ministries. Bathurst Diocese Youth Minister Lillian said, “It was encouraging as a first year youth minister, who is trying to hit the ground running to have the support network of others in the same boat.”
Youth Minister Daniel from Wodonga Victoria when thinking about his year with his students said it is “fascinating working on the other side of year 12. It’s a wonderful experience witnessing a change in people.” Lismore Diocese Youth Minister Tory Puglisi on his reflection in the YMI network in the context of his school said he “saw the connections from a spiritual basis and practical basis.”
2020 was tough but our Youth Ministers are tougher! Let’s keep them in our prayers as they finish up this year with our young people and they discern where to next!