Year of Youth

Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment


Year of Youth

Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment

journeying towards the year of youth

Accompanying young people in faith and vocational discernement

‘In 2018, we want to engage with youth in new ways and they with us, helping young people to encounter God in Jesus Christ and his Church. Open your hearts to the life God intends for you and so make a real difference in the world’. - Archbishop Denis Hart

'[W]e need a church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them (young people); a church that accompanies them on their journey; a church able to make sense of the ‘night’ contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem; a church that realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return. But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture. Jesus warmed the hearts of the disciples of Emmaus.' - Pope Francis

The Catholic Bishops of Australia invite Catholics across the country to join in celebrating a Year of Youth from the beginning of Advent 2017 to the end of 2018. The Year of Youth celebrates ten years since World Youth Day was hosted in Sydney during 2008. 

It will focus on the theme, ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’. This theme comes from the Pope's own words at the WYD Vigil in Poland, 2016. The Year of Youth also ties into the 2018 General Synod of Bishops, which Pope Francs has focussed on youth, faith and vocational discernment.

In these messages we can pick up on a theme Pope Francis has spoken about often: accompaniment.

'The Church will have to initiate everyone—priests, religious and laity—into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life'

Pope Francis has further asked young people to reflect on Our Mother, Mary, as a source of inspiration over the course of the next three World Youth Days: 

  • 32nd World Youth Day, 2017: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)
  • 33rd World Youth Day, 2018: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)
  • 34th World Youth Day, 2019: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38)

All of us are called to be a part of this Year of Youth, to take the faith journey as young Catholics, or to discern the call with the young people in our midst. You can keep posted about how Vocation Brisbane will be preparing for and celebrating the Year of Youth here on our website, or by connecting with us on social media.

Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland
Inspire our entire faith community,
As we prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy
in the lives and communities of the People of God.
Come Holy Spirit of Youth
Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth.
Guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy
to those who feel abandoned or outcast.
Come Holy Spirit of Faith
Empower our community to be courageous.
Unite your people as witnesses of love.
Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship,
Accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.
Come Holy Spirit of Vocation
Stir within young people an awareness of God’s call.
Reveal to us the graces of young people.
Guide us all, in finding our place and raising our voices
To build a civilization of love.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, friend of the young, pray for us.