2019 Catholic Youth Festival to tune into what Spirit is saying

More than 5000 young Catholics are expected to converge on Perth next year for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF).

As the largest Catholic gathering in Australia, the ACYF promotes and engages the life and voice of young Catholics, equipping them to live out their faith in the world.

To be held in the Archdiocese of Perth from December 8 to 10, 2019, the festival will use the scriptural focus of the 2020 Plenary Council by adopting the theme “Listen to what the Spirit is Saying (Rev 2:7)”.

Prayers for and discussion about the Plenary Council will ensure vital consultation with Australia’s youth takes place in this important journey in the life of the Church.

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB expressed his joy and hope for the festival.

“As God called St Francis of Assisi many hundreds of years ago to ‘go and rebuild the Church’, I pray our young people might hear this same calling,” Archbishop Costelloe said.

“It will be a fantastic experience and an opportunity for our young people to commit themselves to helping the Church become the Church that God wants it to be and the world needs it to be.”

Catholic Education Western Australia deputy executive director and ACYF steering committee chair Peter Yensch encouraged young people across Australia to remember that their voice is important in the life of the Church.

“This could be for many youth, a real opportunity to develop a meaningful dialogue with Christ,” Mr Yensch said.

“It’s the chance for them to see the Church alive in person and also share their thoughts and ideas on how the Church can grow, particularly in the face of an ever-increasingly secular society.”

ACBC Office for Youth director Malcom Hart said the ACYF “has grown into one of the most prominent events in the life of the Catholic Church in Australia”.

“The ACYF19 event will build upon the Australian Bishops’ Year of Youth and Pope Francis’ General Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, leading the local voice of young people into the Plenary Council 2020.”

ACYF19 will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), centrally located to the CBD and public transport. PCEC provides a holistic venue solution allowing the festival’s large plenaries, workshops, expo and experiences to be under one roof.

The Perth Convention Bureau has provided generous support to promote the ACYF19 and is excited to welcome pilgrims from all over Australia to explore the naturally beautiful, cosmopolitan and friendly city.

With the festival website soon to be updated, an event outline has been released to help Catholic schools and organisations to begin planning for the ACYF. The brief includes dates, venue, estimated costs and accommodation support.

Registrations will open in early 2019 with bookings to be made at: www.acyf.org.au