An incredible new adventure for the Diocese of Lismore.
Last week 23 faithful young adults gathered in Lismore for the first Youth Ministry Officer (YMO) Equipping School. Evolving from Bishop Greg’s vision for young adult formation, the Catholic Schools Office School Evangelisation (SE) Staff and Parish Youth Coordinator’s guided the YMOs in a six-day formation program centred around the Gospel, Carmelite Spirituality and topic areas prescribed in the ACU Signum Fidei Certificate implemented by Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA). Bishop Greg and Fr Joe DSouza lead the eager group in Spiritual Formation, while the SE Team developed an understanding of pastoral care and practical youth ministry skills. The group was blessed to have Pat Keady, from the Brisbane Emmanuel Community, deliver on the role of Youth Ministry in the Australian culture.
“Here I am, servant of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
The theme scripture challenged the group to go beyond their expectations of the role and seek wisdom from Our Lady who boldly said ‘yes’ when asked to respond to the call God put on her life. The contemporary Australian culture doesn’t look favourably on structured Christian values. However, we can all agree on the innate goodness in all people. This is a platform into deeper discussions of faith, truth, purpose and love.
The focus of the YMO Role is to accompany Catholic Secondary School students as they unravel their curiosity of the faith.
“The equipping school was a great way to learn a new set of skills and gain a lot of knowledge that we can use this year in our schools,” said John Kearney, YMO at Xavier Catholic College, Skennars Head.
“It’s been such an awesome experience meeting the team for this year. It reminds me of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples as they were getting ready to go out and spread the Good News. Which is what we’re doing at our schools.”
John was inspired to become a YMO by his sister, Amelia, who was a YMO in 2016 and 2017.
The YMO Role supports the implantation of Year 9 and 10, Ministry Classes.