Eoin Garton the new Youth Minister for SFX and St John the Apostle Parish
I’m Eoin (It’s Irish) and I’m the Youth Minister at St Francis Xavier College and St John the Apostle Parish for 2019. I’m currently studying development studies, which will prepare me for a career related to international humanitarian work, but I’m still a bit uncertain about whether or not it is what I really want to pursue.
In many ways, deciding to become a Youth Minister was a way for me to escape from this kind of uncertainty in my life. I decided to become a Youth Minister because I was certain of two things; my desire to help and nurture others, and a desire to share and grow more deeply in my faith.
That’s not to say that my faith itself has always been rock solid, but it’s always been something I’ve wanted to develop and pursue further. Plus, I’ve always wanted others to see and know God in the wonderful way that I do.
Similarly, a desire to be a leader in the local community and nurture others was something that grew within me as my faith did. The opportunity to become a youth minister seemed to be a way for me to combine these two certainties in my life and has so far given my life a stronger sense of purpose, which I am very grateful for.
Being a Youth Minister has provided me with opportunities to interact with people I had never expected to. Although I’m placed at a high school, I’ve had the opportunity to not only support the spiritual development of the high school students but also of primary school students.
We were fortunate to send our youth ministry team to run a sacramental reflection program at St John the Apostle Primary School. Not only was it a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the neighbouring schools, but it was also rewarding to see the high school students share their own faith and knowledge, and connect with the primary students through that faith.
In this sense, being a Youth Minister has afforded me the ability to build bridges bridges between different groups of people. This was also exemplified through the wonderful Stations of the Cross which was run collectively by students of both St Francis Xavier and Agapé Youth Group at St John’s.
I’m really looking forward to strengthening the bridge between these groups in particular, but, most of all, I’m excited to play a role in the creation of an interconnected faith community in the Belconnen region.