On Friday 5 February 2016, six new members of the Australian Catholic Youth Council were commissioned during a Mass at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.
Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Mark Edwards OMI, commissioned the new members: Patrick Langrell, Mitch Firth, Cassandra Bull, Alex Pace, Shawn Torbay and David Cloran. Each one will serve a three year term on the Youth Council.
During the commissioning service, Bishop Edwards explained that ‘as a member of the Australian Catholic Youth Council, the goals of the Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry lie at the heart of all your work’.
The new councillors recited these goals, ‘to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person, to draw young people into responsible participation in the life and mission of the Catholic faith community, and to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus in today’s world’.
Bishop Edwards concluded that ‘just as Mary of the Cross reached out and addressed the needs of the young people of her own time, so too is the Youth Council and its members entrusted’.