Year of Youth 2018

The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.

The Year of Youth invites the Church into prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.

A message from Archbishop Costelloe SDB on Year of Youth

” The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has announced a ‘Year of Youth’ commencing on the First Sunday of Advent – 3 December 2017 until 25 November 2018, focussed on the engagement and faith development of young people aged 12 – 30 years old.

The theme for the Year of Youth is “Open new Horizons for Spreading Joy. Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.”

Every local community is encouraged to mark the launch of the year of Youth at the start of the liturgical year – the First Sunday of Advent 3rd December 2017.

I am also asking parish and communities to engage a ‘Year of Youth Action Team‘ – made up of a variety of adults and young people in your community to prepare activities for the Year of Youth. I  would encourage your safeguarding officer to be part of this action team to ensure the safety of young people is at the forefront of our planning.

I also encourage young people (aged 12 – 30) to step forward to become ‘Year of Youth Ambassadors‘ in their local communities. They can be a voice and advocate for the initiatives of the ‘Year of Youth Action Team.'”

Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB DD
Archbishop of Perth

Read the rest of the Archbishop’s message here:

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB with Anita Parker from Catholic Youth Ministry, Debra Sayce from Catholic Education WA, and Bishop Don Sproxton at the Year of Youth Networking Night last July 25 in Servite College.

Year of Youth Project Worker

Adeline Bock
‘Year of Youth’ Project Worker

ACBC Year of Youth Website

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference resources for the Year of Youth – Website

Watch Year of Youth Video