TavTalk and Catholic Youth Ministry (TavTalk x CYM) co-hosted a young adult forum at Market Grounds in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Melbourne Youth Office on 9 December 2019, following the Night of Adoration at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Perth.
TavTalk’s Kieran Chew hosted the discussion with an international speaker from the US, Katie Prejean, together with the Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli.
The topic was focused on John 10:10, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’, which will be the guiding theme of the TavTalk x CYM series in the future.
Katie shared her experience at National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), where the members of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders, were moved to donate thousands of dollars because they witnessed the power of the young Church in prayer.
She said it was not really about the money; but now, they have the funds to continue their ministry with the young people. What happened was a real testimony that young people can be a great witness of our faith when given the opportunity and space.
Archbishop Comensoli emphasised that the young people knew the presence of the Lord in the Eucharistic Adoration instinctively; when to be quiet and silent. He encouraged the youth to recognise what they saw that night as a way of showing the Church in Australia how to truly be the Church.
“The Church is not for young people,” he said. “The Church is young. When the Church is truly being a Church, that’s when those who are young, in age or at heart, are going to come forward and show the way.”
Director of CYM, Adeline Bock, shared the thought process that went behind a continuing TavTalk x CYM series in the future.
“ACYF highlighted the great importance that the church places on young people who are actively engaging with each other, the Church and the world. It’s exciting to live in a time where evangelisation is not just a theological term but instead, it is lived through joy and truth,” TavTalk’s Kieran Chew shared.
Both CYM & TavTalk are looking forward to working together in creating a space for young adults in the Archdiocese of Perth. The TavTalk x CYM event will run bi-monthly for young adults where they can freely ask questions in a non-judgemental space and build friendship with other like-minded young people.
The next TavTalk event is on February 27 at the Shoe Bar at Yagan Square featuring Paul Kelly on the topic of Relativism: “My truth, Your Truth.” This is a free event and strictly over 18 only. Bring a friend along and we hope to see you there! Head on to cym.com.au for more details about the event.