On the 9th April 2018, Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) conducted a session during CEWA ministry day about the Year of Youth. The ministry day, organised by CEWA was attended by 15 ministry staff from different schools. The theme for the Year of Youth is ‘Open new horizons for spreading joy, young people, faith and vocational discernment.’
Adeline Bock, the Year of Youth project worker, shared that one of the Year of Youth initiatives was to connect Catholic schools with Catholic agencies in getting young people involved in active service within the Church.
“Young people these days have a strong sense of justice,” she said. “If this is their connection to our God, who is first a servant himself and is wanting us to bring the good news to people in need, then we should be working together to connect them to Catholic service opportunities.
Catholic Youth Ministry has since, approached multiple Catholic agencies & school teachers and has run two meetings with a growing network of people willing to ‘open new horizons’ in connecting young people back to the Church. Adeline shared that the vision of the meeting today is to encourage more conversations to get started amongst the schools to engage more students with the Catholic agencies.
Anita Parker, Director of CYM, shared about the challenges we face in creating new and engaging programs suitable for teens in our Catholic Agencies, however, we can work together to build this project. It will take some time, but this is an opportunity to ‘open new horizons’ in the Year of Youth.
This is a start to a very exciting project and CYM is keen to work with any agencies & schools. In the coming months, CYM will be working closely with school and agencies to assist in creating new opportunities.
If you are an agency/school reading this and would like to be connected with the others, please email your enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org