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Youth make presence felt at Brisbane Synod

A statement released yesterday by Brisbane Archdiocese's Catholic Communications office identified the "willingness and contribution made by young Catholics" as a "noticeable trend" at last weekend's Archdiocesan Synod Assembly".

Brisbane Catholic Education executive director David Hutton commented to the Assembly on the chorus of young people on the podium alongside him chosen by Synod Members to address the final plenary session before the selection of the most critical outcomes.

According to the Catholic Communications statement, Hutton wondered aloud if the preponderance of young people represented a "decisive intervention" by the Holy Spirit.

Over 700 Assembly Members attended the Synod, which was held at Clairvaux Mackillop College, Upper Mt Gravatt, over the Labour Day long weekend. The bulk of the work took place on the Friday and Saturday when members debated, reworked and finally voted upon 46 essential actions within seven broad action proposals.

All 46 essential actions were passed with a strong level of support (84% and higher) - the decisiveness of the voting a result of the consultation process as well as the diligence and responsiveness of the writing teams.

Between them, the seven Broad Action Proposals addressed twenty-one desired outcomes.

Archbishop John Bathersby told the Assembly that he would "take these recommendations and study them carefully with a view to strategic implementation."

"I will continue this journey on the waves of your prayer until we gather again at the Cathedral of St Stephen on Sunday 27th July, where I will promulgate the key implementation actions that will take forward the fruits of this marvelous Assembly," he said.

Catholic Communications, Brisbane

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