"Builders and dreamers" to gather in Broken Bay

Western Sydney's Pennant Hills is to welcome 120 participants at the first ever National Symposium on Catholic Youth Ministry hosted by the Broken Bay Institute next week.

According to a Broken Bay Institute media release, the symposium will draw participants from every state and territory in Australia as well as three people from South Korea and two from the Diocese of Gizo in the Solomon Islands.

The symposium, entitled "Builders and Dreamers: Creating Sustainable Ministry with Young People" will feature presentations from the leading international and Australian thinkers and practitioners in this area.

Dr Charlotte McCorquodale and Drs Bob and Maggie McCarty from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in Washington DC are guest speakers at the symposium and over 20 papers will be presented, organisers say.

Lead papers include one from Dr Richard Rymarz, Senior Lecturer at ACU National. Richard has conducted research and published widely in the area of Catholic adolescents and young adults and the challenges that face them.

Peter Thompson from the Christian Research Association of Australia will explore the theme: "Generation Y or Generation Why Not? Connecting with young people for ministry and education".

And a leading youth ministry consultant, Fuzz Kitto, who has worked with churches in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world, will also present a paper.

Broken Bay Institute Director, Dr Gerard Goldman said the Symposium would be a landmark event for youth ministry in Australia and the region.

"The response from grassroots practitioners as well as leading academic thinkers to present Papers is an indication of the importance Youth Ministry for our Church," he said.

He says with Sydney's successful bid to host the World Youth Day in 2008, this interest to work towards sustainable ministry can only grow in importance.

"We are thrilled that there will be papers presented from all facets of youth ministry, from Catholic schools including RE (religious education) and campus ministry, through to Catholic youth movements, and parish and diocesan youth coordinators," he added.

Bishop Michael Putney will be a panellist at the Symposium and principal celebrant of the Eucharist.

Broken Bay Institute Youth Symposium (Media release)

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Broken Bay Institute
Catholic Youth Ministry Australia (Links)
National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (USA)

First National Youth Symposium set for July (CathNews 23/2/06)
Archbishop says youth are God's "secret agents" (CathNews 1/6/06)

28 Jun 2006