National    BISHOPS ANNOUNCE WORLD YOUTH DAY CANDIDATES
Mark O'Neill from the Diocese of Broken Bay and Alice Priest from the Diocese of Port Pirie will be attending the World Youth Day celebrations in Rome as the official delegates of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
   The Bishops' Committee for Laity coordinated the nomination and selection process on behalf of the Bishops' Conference.
   Mr O'Neill and Miss Priest are both active members of the youth apostolate within their respective dioceses. Mr O'Neill is employed as the Youth Minister at the Waitara Parish and is extremely committed to the cause of involving young people in the life of the Church. He has recently accepted a position as a member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission in order to facilitate youth involvement in ecumenical activities.
   Miss Priest is working full-time on a voluntary basis this year to assist other members in the diocese with the coordination of celebrations for the Great Jubilee. Her background is as a teacher in the secondary Catholic Education System, specialising in English and Religious Education. Miss Priest has been commissioned by Catholic Mission Australia, in Sydney, to produce a series of primary and secondary classroom materials.
   It is believed that as many as 1000 young people from Australia will be attending the World Youth Day celebrations in Rome from 10-15 August this year.
   
Aust Cath Bishops Conf
17/4/00

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