3,000 young people land in Adelaide to celebrate their Catholic faith
Travelling from dioceses across Australia, around 3,000 young people arrived in Adelaide on Wednesday 2 December by air, rail and road to celebrate a three-day faith filled festival.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) takes place from Thursday 3 December to Saturday 5 December 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
As the final rehearsals are underway and set up concludes, the excitement is building amongst volunteers and staff as they await the arrival of thousands of young people at the opening plenary this afternoon.
The Festival is being hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in partnership with the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
Young people from Year 9 to 25 years will participate in five plenary gatherings where everyone will come together and celebrate as the young Church in Australia. The final plenary will culminate with a closing Mass.
Over 60 exhibitors, from a diverse range of Catholic organisations, have set up interactive stalls and demonstrations to allow young people to experience the breath of the Church in its many expressions.
Bishops, priests and religious from around Australia are attending the Festival. International speakers include, Jason Evert, Founder of the Chastity Project, and singer-songwriter Steve Angrisano. National talent includes, Sr Hilda Scott OSB, Fr Rob Galea, Genevieve Bryant and Gary Pinto.
Director of the Office for Youth, Malcolm Hart, said, ‘the Festival offers young people an extraordinary opportunity to encounter the diversity and work of the Catholic Church. I wholeheartedly encourage young people to engage and explore all aspects of the Youth Festival through workshops, prayers and of course fun’.
Niamh Sinclair, Jess Myer, Lauren Jones, Jacinta Thatcher and Brooke Gillard will attend the Festival, representing the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.
When asked about her expectations of the Festival, Niamh said, “I am really looking forward to being among thousands of young people, like me, who are all there to be in the presence of God together.
“I am also very excited to do some of the workshops, meeting Steve Angrisano and Father Rob and seeing them on stage will be really fun and cool. I am also ready to just relax and have fun in the presents of God. I’ll get to finish the year on a high”.