Youth Minister Profile – Alex Pereia
My name is Alex Pereira and I am the Youth Minister at Trinity Catholic College Lismore. I am 18 years old and I graduated from Trinity last year. I come from a practicing catholic family of 8 people, I have 5 siblings ranging from 20 to 3 years old. We are all very musical and music has been a part of our lives forever. I play the bass, guitar and sing.
One of the ways I got into Youth Ministry was through my passion for music. I started off playing bass guitar for my local parish, then in year 10 joined the school liturgy band as a vocalist and in year 12 was asked to lead the band. During one of the liturgy band rehearsals I was visited by someone who I looked up to a lot in terms of youth/music ministry, and she suggested that I should really think about becoming a Youth Minister as she thought fit the role well. I took her advice and kept it in my mind but didn’t think much of it until right at the end of year 12. I was one of the Ministry Captains and working alongside our school ministry team, the wider school and broader community made my decision to become a youth minister extremely easy and I knew it was something I wanted to do, and could do well.
This year I have had the honour of working alongside an amazing team of youth ministers and running various different retreat days, conferences and prayer experiences. These experiences are held for primary and high school students. For many of the retreat days I play electric guitar and bass guitar in the worship band “Wildfire”. This band is made up of Youth Ministers from all around the Lismore Diocese. It has been an amazing journey so far leading worship for so many young people between Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads.
I am looking forward to growing further in my faith this year and creating a stronger culture of ministry in my school. I am excited to continue working both with students in the school, and the other youth ministers in the diocese and to grow alongside them.