International Youth Leaders flock to Canberra for Equipping School
Over 130 participants from around the South Pacific, UK and Uganda came together in Canberra for the Oceania Youth Ministry Equipping School from February 28 until March 4.
The Equipping School is an intensive formation school that inspires and resources youth, young adults and ministry leaders for the mission of the Catholic Church. It was open to all current and future youth and young adult ministry leaders from across the Archdiocese as well as participants from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, England and Uganda.
Hosted by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and run by Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia, the Equipping School culminated in the Archdiocesan Youth Cultural Festival and Youth Mass on Sunday, March 3.
The Festival and Mass included key national and international leaders, including Cardinal Soane Mafi from Tonga and key leaders from other participating countries.
The Youth Festival and Youth Mass seeks to bring the young Church of the Archdiocese together, gathering as one and celebrating our Catholic faith and parishes from across the Archdiocese were invited to attend.
Following the Equipping School, participants were given the opportunity to form cross-cultural mission teams. In addition to the Equipping School, Youth Ministers may participate in the YMA network which includes an ACU accreditation program called Signum Fidei.
Missions for 2019 include England, Fiji, East Africa (Rwanda and Uganda), Northern Territory, Solomon Islands and New Zealand.
The Oceania Equipping School was followed by a Catholic Schools Youth Ministry International (CSYMI) Leaders Training day on Monday March 4.
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