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Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals - A Paper by Bishop Anthony Fisher

Last edited 13th August 2014

Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals - A Paper by Bishop Anthony Fisher

Since around 2000 and especially since the World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney in 2008, the Church in Australia has put a lot of energy into promoting the attendance of young people at the WYDs held internationally every three years. Australia has also now begun its own cycle of national events (the Australian Catholic Youth Festivals or ACYFs), also slated to occur every three years and modelled substantially on WYD.

In his Paper “Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals”, the Bishop of Parramatta and Australian Bishops’ Delegate for Youth, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, examines a question commonly raised by priests, educators, youth ministers and people: is it all worth it – and what is the evidence?

“What is overwhelmingly clear is that once ‘the big event’ is over the job of the clergy, youth ministers, parishes, schools and families is far from over: in fact it has only begun,” Bishop Anthony writes.

Click "download this article" below to access Bishop Fisher's paper, or visit the Diocese of Parramatta website.


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