After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the premier gathering of young Catholics in Australia will return in December 2024, and the Archdiocese of Melbourne has been named host.
“Don’t walk away sad from the chance to make your life a wonderful gift to others,, don’t walk away sad from the chance to live your life to the full just as God intended you to when He called you into existence and don’t walk away from Jesus because He is our Way, He is our Truth, He is our Life,” Archbishop Costelloe had told the 5000 people gathered at the Trinity College oval exactly a year ago.
Growing up in a Maltese Catholic family, Mario Borg, a former teacher and director of 24:7 Youth Ministry, is inspired to make the Catholic church in Australia young again.
Speaking at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) 2019, Kalgoorlie/Boulder Parish Assistant Priest Fr Renald Anthony inspired pilgrims to understand and appreciate the Mass.
The Bishop’s Exchanges at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) invited the generations represented by the Church to come together in conversation with each other, in response to Pope Francis’ Synod of the Youth, Christis Vivit, and the question “What does it mean to you for us to be a Christ centered Church who are taking risks together?”
Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) pilgrims attended a workshop hosted by Perth Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton on Sunday 8 December 2019, where he spoke about the sanctity of life, describing it as a “reflection of God’s love”.
American speaker and writer Katie Prejean McGrady expressed that the best part traveling 150,000 miles a year worldwide to preach the Gospel of Christ, are the authentic human encounters she gains, and being able to get young people excited to love Jesus.
Arguably one of the most down-to-earth Australian Bishops, Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green, from the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese in Western NSW, was tasked with equipping the young pilgrims of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2019 (ACYF), with strategies that would enable them to take something from ACYF and keep it going once they get home.