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Engage – Ignite – Send

We aim to ENGAGE our young people in order to IGNITE in them an encounter with Christ in order to SEND them out as missionary disciples.

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RISE Youth Festival is for young people in Years 6 to 9 (anyone in Years 10-12 can be involved as youth team members).

The Diocesan Youth Ministers facilitate a festival full of fun, friendship, small group challenges, workshops, games, music and lots of opportunities to encounter Jesus.


Designed for those in Years 10-12, RISEN is a great chance to go a little deeper in reflecting on life and how faith is part of this. RISEN is held early each year and participants also receive formation so that they can be part of the Youth Team for RISE.


Held in October each year, iRISE is a senior leaders formation day for Year 11 student leaders from secondary schools from across the Diocese.


An event for those aged 18 to 25. A chance to gather in beautiful surroundings and go to the beach


The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF)

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people (Year 9- 30 years) established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.

The ACYF exists to:

  • Provide a high quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
  • Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
  • Evangelise young people and empower them to be evangelisers;
  • Provide young people with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and catechesis.


World Youth Day


World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country. However, every year dioceses celebrate World Youth Day at a local level on the Feast of Christ the King.

The most recent international WYD was celebrated in Panama City, Panamá from 22-27 January 2019 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023.

WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ together with their peers. This event is an opportunity to personally experience the universality of the Catholic Church, and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who are committing their lives to Christ and his Church.

WYD is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, through prayer and the sacraments, together with hundreds of thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

The Diocese of Bathurst WYD pilgrimage to Lisbon was launched on the Feast of Christ the King, 21 November 2021. ​You can start planning your pilgrimage by registering an expression of interest here or call Jacinta on 6334 6426.

Get involved

Youth Ministers are employed across the Diocese to assist parishes and schools to run local youth events. If you are interested in finding out about what’s happening in your area talk to your parish priest, youth minister or check out our calendar of events here.


Catholic Schools Youth Ministry International (CSYMI) is a professional, teacher and church leader centred organisation, networking catholic schools and youth ministries (parishes and movements) for the mission of the church.

Post-school youth ministers are engaged in secondary schools in a year of mission whilst actively participating in the life of the Catholic Church.

The Youth Ministers undertake training, participate in accredited formation programs through the ACU La Salle Academy, complete placements in schools and churches and have the opportunity to go on cross-cultural missions.

CSYMI’s four phase model is run in diocesan secondary schools. It consists of a retreat experience, religious education curriculum programs, senior youth ministry teams and connecting students into the broader Church community through the CSYMA and ACU Youth Academy.

CSYMI students facilitate sacramental days and leadership days in local Catholic primary schools.