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The ACYMC is a dynamic gathering which seeks to draw together, connect and inspire all those who support and minister with young people in the life of the Catholic Church in Australia. The program, developed by the Australian Catholic Youth Council and the Hosting Diocese, brings together key elements including a spiritual theme, keynote addresses, spiritual formation, practical workshops, liturgy and prayer, expo and networking opportunities.

N.B the Program is subject to change at any time. Speakers and workshops to be announced in coming weeks.

Friday 21st September

8:30am

Registration & Expo Open

9:00am    

OPENING & WELCOME
Acknowledgement of Country & Opening Prayer
Welcome Bishop Vincent Long (Diocese of Parramatta)

KEYNOTE: Our Story, Our Mission
How exploring and embracing our story, empowers and inspires mission.

10:30am

Morning tea & Expo Open

11:00am  

DISCUSSION PROCESS #1

The Needs of Young People and Our Ministry
A facilitated process led by the Australian Catholic Youth Council to identify and share resources, training and support to better serve the young Church.

12:30pm

Lunch & Expo Open

1:45pm

KEYNOTE: Nurturing your Spirit as a Youth Minister 
Staying Connected with the Holy Spirit while in Ministry

2:30pm

WORKSHOPS - Block A - PRAYER
6 workshops types/topics

3:45pm

Afternoon Tea & Expo Open

4:15pm

MASS
Bishop Vincent Long OFM

5:30pm

PLENARY: GRATITUDE
Bishop Mark Edwards OMI & Guests

6:30pm

NETWORKING DINNER
Participants are free to have dinner around the precinct at their own leisure and groups, to network and share about their own ministries.

Saturday 22nd September

8:00am

Morning Mass - Bishop Mark Edwards OMI

9:00am    

Opening Prayer & Feedback from Day 1 (ACYC)

KEYNOTE: Re-imaging Youth Evangelisation 
Exploring evangelisation and the accompaniment of young people

10:00am

Morning tea & Expo Open

10:30am

WORKSHOPS - Block B – ISSUES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
6 workshops types/topics

11:45am

KEYNOTE: Accompaniment: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment 
Breaking open the theme of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and considerations for the Church in Australia

12:45pm

Lunch & Expo Open

1:45pm  

DISCUSSION PROCESS #2

Youth Ministry of the Future
A facilitated process led by the Australian Catholic Youth Council and Plenary Council Team to discuss and identify the future needs of youth ministry and the Church in Australia.

3:00pm

WORKSHOPS - Block C – CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
6 workshops types/topics

4:15pm

Lunch & Expo Open

4:30pm  

DIALOGUE SPACES:

Exploring, Thinking, Reflecting
A time for attendees to gather, think deeply and reflect upon ways to effect change in three key areas of youth ministry in Australia:

·       Youth Ministers Support

·       Cultural Change in Church

·       Initiatives (resources, events, programs)

5:30pm

Break

6:30pm

Conference Dinner

Sunday 23rd September

9:00am    

Opening Prayer & Feedback from Day 1 (ACYC)

KEYNOTE: Becoming and Building Missionary Disciples

Creating a foundation for future Church – Missionary Discipleship

DISCUSSION PROCESS #3

Priorities for future Youth Ministry
A facilitated process led by the Australian Catholic Youth Council to prioritise and nominate assistance for the development of future resources and support in Australian youth ministry.

10:45am

Morning tea & Expo Open

11:15am

WORKSHOPS - Block D – LEADERSHIP
6 workshops types/topics

12:30pm

Lunch & Expo Open

1:30pm

CLOSING MASS
Bishop Peter Comensoli

3:00pm

Finish