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The Year of Youth in Adelaide

The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth. The Year of Youth invites the Church into prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.

 Year of Youth Aims

  • Prayerfully discern the Australian Bishops vision for ministry with young people, Anointed and Sent
  • Authentic and personal engagement by Church leaders in the challenges and success in young people’s lives
  • Acknowledging the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of young people, and young people acting upon the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church;
  • Upholding the dignity of young people, ensuring a safe environment from physical, emotional and spiritual harm 

The aims for the Year of Youth dovetail together with the goals of Anointed and Sent: an Australian vision for catholic youth ministry provide a rich framework and challenges local faith communities to explore new horizons as they accompany young people into maturity.

National Website


YEar of Youth Resources

COYYA has compiled some resources for use in the Year of Youth and beyond. 

Year of Youth Projects and Events from COYYA

ADelaide YOY Calendar

This calendar is the go-to place to see all of the events happening across the Archdiocese and nationally during the Year of Youth.


Volunteer Team

The Archdiocesan volunteer youth & young adult ministry team is an initiative of COYYA to support the different aspects encompassed in youth ministry.

Youth Cross

A competition will be held to design a youth cross for the Year of Youth. This cross will serve as a symbol of unity for all young people within our Archdiocese and will be revealed and comissioned at our local World Youth Day celebrations.


Social Club

Social Club is a monthly meeting place for young adults in the Archdiocese. A place to have great conversation and delicious food, the Social Club will be an opportunity to catch up with your friends from other young adult groups and chill out.


YOuth Masses

Three centers for youth masses will be established in the Archdiocese. These centres will be a hub for youth activity and will encourage the community to come together and celebrate faith with young people in new and dynamic ways.


Social Justice Festival

In conjunction with the Archdiocesan Offices and the Social Justice Round Table, a Social Justice Festival will be held in August 2018 to explore different social justice issues, and what can be done to make a difference as a young person.


We have taken Pope Francis' Prayer for Young People and turned it into a number of items that you can use in the YoY including:

  • Postcard
  • Bookmark
  • Email header
  • Facebook cover photo
  • Powerpoint slides


The YoY video is available for download to show to your parish, youth group or school.