Introducing New Horizons

 Archbishop Philip Wilson addresses the participants of New Horizons.

Archbishop Philip Wilson addresses the participants of New Horizons.

On 23 February we kicked off the Year of Youth in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. We didn't do it with a gigantic youth festival, concert or rally. Instead, we gathered leaders from the Catholic Church in parishes, school, communities, agencies and other sectors to learn about the Year of Youth and the realities facing young people in South Australia. The 135 participants in attendance reflected on what they heard, conversed, and began taking steps to make responsive plans in their own contexts.

 Panel of Experts on the realities facing young people in South Australia. Panellists R-L: James Meston (COYYA, Moderator), Sam Raven (SANDAS), Jayne Shortt (Vinnies), Ben Wells and Stacey Roy (Headspace)

Panel of Experts on the realities facing young people in South Australia. Panellists R-L: James Meston (COYYA, Moderator), Sam Raven (SANDAS), Jayne Shortt (Vinnies), Ben Wells and Stacey Roy (Headspace)

While this day was greatly beneficial to those in attendance, it became clear that it would be necessary to do something to carry the spirit of the day forward. To that end, the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults has started this blog and a corresponding monthly newsletter.

The purpose of the blog and newsletter is to provide ongoing stimulus for dialogue and learning in the area of youth and young ministry; to pass on resources, tools, strategies and best practices for ministry with young people; and to broaden and deepen the conversations in our own communities so that new horizons discovered might be shared across the Archdiocese.

The Year of Youth is not only for the young, rather it is for the whole Church. It is a time to reflect on our relationship with young people, listen to them, and discern the path forward.

Watch this space and share it with your colleagues and pew buddies!

In the Joy of Christ,

The COYYA Team