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WYD08 in call for new generation of young leaders


World Youth Day coordinator, Bishop Anthony Fisher, has called on young people to volunteer for an intensive three-month formation program for Christian growth and leadership as part of preparations for the massive event to take place in Sydney in 2008.

Announcing the course to be held in Bringelly in south-western Sydney, Bishop Fisher described it as "part of the long term investment and legacy we are planning for World Youth Day in 2008".

"It will also benefit the broader Catholic community as participants bring back their knowledge and experiences to help train other youth leaders in their local church and give leadership in the preparatory and post WYD phases," Bishop Fisher said.

Applications are being accepted for the Youth Leaders Formation Course from 18 to 30 year olds who want to serve in local and national WYD08 preparations and be active in the future life of the Church.

The three-month course will offer intensive training to prospective young leaders to help them prepare others during the lead-up to WYD08 - the biggest youth event in the world.

Bishop Fisher said the course will offer specific skills training and experience in implementing WYD08 programs in youth ministries at local churches.

"It's our intention that this course will further Christian growth and leadership, not only among course participants but also in the communities to which they return," Bishop Fisher said.

"Australian Bishops, theologians, philosophers, priests, youth ministers, artists, reporters and politicians - all passionate about guiding youth leaders on the path to WYD08 - will take part in the course.

"The course is part of the long term investment and legacy we are planning for World Youth Day in 2008.

"It will also benefit the broader Catholic community as participants bring back their knowledge and experiences to help train other youth leaders in their local church and give leadership in the preparatory and post WYD phases," Bishop Fisher said.

Sydney will host the 10th international World Youth Day from 15-20 July 2008.

The event is expected to attract up to 500,000 pilgrims, including as many as 125,000 from overseas.


SOURCE
Calling future Catholic leaders (World Youth Day, Media Release, 30/10/06)

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2 Nov 2006