First National Youth Symposium set for July

Catholic youth ministers from across Australia will gather in Sydney to share their experience and their dreams in the first ever National Symposium on Catholic Youth Ministry.

The July Symposium is being hosted by The Broken Bay Institute and is entitled, Builders and Dreamers: Creating Sustainable Ministry with Young People.

Broken Bay Institute Director, Dr Gerard Goldman said the symposium is the result of significant collaboration over the past few years with leaders in Catholic youth ministry in Australia. Builders and Dreamers will build on the groundbreaking 1992 conference, Common Ground.

"The combination of both international and national leaders in Youth Ministry as well as presentations from those at the coal-face of this ministry promises to be an exciting gathering," Dr Goldman said. "The opportunity for participants to further their understanding of Youth Ministry is available as two academic courses will follow immediately after the two-day Symposium. Both these courses will be completed online being led by our international experts."

Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville will be a panellist at the Symposium, and principal celebrant of the Symposium Eucharist, which will feature a program of renowned speakers who are involved in youth ministry both in Australia and internationally. They include well-known US youth ministry experts Dr Charlotte McCorquodale and Drs Bob and Maggie McCarty. Steve Lawrence, Director of Evangelisation and Catechesis for World Youth Day 2008 will also be a keynote dinner speaker.

Youth Ministry co-ordinator for the Sandhurst Diocese, Karen Lunney (pictured) said she is excited about the speakers lined up for the symposium as well as the opportunity to share and network with other youth ministry professionals and practitioners.

"As a diocesan youth ministry co-ordinator, I strongly recommend that anyone who is working with young people in any capacity take the opportunity to attend. This includes people in schools, catechists, vocations ministry, groups and movements, as well as those in parish or diocesan youth ministry. There are so many facets to ministry with young people" she said.

The symposium will run from 3-4 July. The contact for bookings or information is Liz Jones at The Broken Bay Institute (see link below for contact details).

Builders and Dreamers: Australia's first ever National Symposium on Catholic Youth Ministry (Broken Bay Institute 22/2/06)

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23 Feb 2006