Bishop's Message

 

THE YEAR OF YOUTH:

 

We have many exciting things planned for the Year of Youth in our Diocese.

 
On the 14th November we will launch the Year of Youth for our diocese.  This will happen during the performance of the renowned Rex Band in the Convention Centre here in Darwin.  The Rex Band have played all over the world, at several World Youth Days and other international functions.

 

A large contingent of our Youth will travel to Sydney to be part of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival .  The Festival runs from Thursday, 7th December through to Saturday, 12th December.  We are expecting many thousands of young people from all over Australia to gather for the occasion.  This gathering is hosted by the Bishops of Australia and is an effective way of meeting and listening to our young people.

 

The next Synod of Bishops in Rome will be on Youth.  They meet in October 2018.  However, the Pope will meet with a delegation of young people in March 2018, prior to the Synod.  We hope to make input to this dialogue.

 

We are a young diocese with the average age being about 30 years of age.  It is imperative that our families, schools and parishes have a focus on our young people.  We need to walk closely with them and listen carefully to them.

 

Let us pray for the success of our Year of Youth.

 

God Bless

Bishop Eugene