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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. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date.

RISE Youth Festival

RISE Youth Festival is for young people in Years 6 to 9 (anyone in Years 10-12 can be involved as a youth team member). The Diocesan Youth Ministers facilitate a festival full of fun, friendship, small group challenges, workshops, games, music and lots of opportunities to encounter Jesus.


Rise Up is a one-day praise and worship event aimed at students who have completed the CSYMA program, an optional faith formation unit of study, in their schools throughout years 9 and/or 10. This event allows students to further explore their Christian faith and relationship with Jesus amongst other like-minded young people. Through music, reflection, discussion, presentations and games students will have the opportunity to connect with their peers from across the diocese whilst also participating in new and innovative ways of uniting with and worshipping God.


Held in October each year, iRISE is a senior leaders formation day for Year 11 student leaders from secondary schools across the Diocese. iRISE provides a unique opportunity to empower Senior Student Leaders of the Diocese to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. Drawing on the gifts, talents and values of the individual, iRISE provides rich experiences of prayer and worship and other activities designed to educate and empower student leaders in our Catholic Schools to lead as Jesus did.


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 the RISE Youth Festival.


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 RISE 2022

Each year across the world, dioceses and their local parishes celebrate World Youth Day on the Feast of Christ the King. This year the Diocese of Bathurst is commencing a new initiative – a local celebration of World Youth Day in every parish across the Diocese. In these celebrations, young people from our schools and parishes will be invited to help animate and facilitate a parish celebration of prayer and Mass in their local parish. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the wonderful and great work that occurs across our Diocese in relation to youth ministry and also to remind us of the importance of youth in our church. Our Priests and parishes, as well as all of our schools, are encouraged to make contact with each other to set aside time to plan for this important celebration.

World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrimage, Lisbon Portugal

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country.  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 centred 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. ​You can start planning your pilgrimage by registering an expression of interest here or call Jacinta on 6334 6426.

Setting Out to World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrimage

As part of the preparation for those intending to go to World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal next year, as well as anyone else who is interested, we are holding a walking pilgrimage from the Cathedral of St Michael and St John to the Diocesan Shrine, Carcoar in October. The Most Reverend Michael McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst will celebrate the 5:45pm Mass with us on Friday 21 October at the Cathedral. We will be having a BBQ for dinner afterwards and parishioners are invited to join us.

Who: a walking pilgrimage for those who intend on going to WYD in Lisbon and any other interested people. Under 18’s will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pilgrims will carry a day pack and be supported by a car and small bus which can transport bedding etc. Going on a pilgrimage can be a great way to pray with your body!

When: 21-23 October 2022

Where: Start at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst and finish at the Diocesan Shrine, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Carcoar.

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 to the broader Church community through the CSYMA and ACU Youth Academy.

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