The Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults (COYYA) in the Archdiocese of Adelaide held World Youth Day 2019 Adelaide on Sunday January 27. This event corresponded with the international World Youth Day celebrations taking place in Panama.
Young people, aged 16 to 35, gathered at Sacred Heart College senior campus in Somerton Park. The celebration involved live music, speakers and workshops, food trucks, amusements and a dynamic liturgy led by young people.
Calia Sandona and Scott Hanel, Lasallian Youth Ministers, Cristina Maiese, SALT Coordinator, and Sister Nithya attended the action packed day event. Sebastian Duhau, Retreats and Program Coordinator from Lasallian Mission Council, was also in attendance sharing his experiences as the Australian representative at the 2018 Synod of Bishops in Rome last year.
This was a fantastic event for the youth of Adelaide that were unable to travel to Panama for the official World Youth Day celebrations. We would like to thank the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults for putting on the event and working tirelessly to make it what it was.
Below is a statement made by Peter Bierer, Coordinator of COYYA at the World Youth Day Adelaide Mass:
Often times we see a world around us that seems cynical, afraid, angry, disenchanted or bored. We are called to be a light in the midst of all of that. We are called to be people of joy. People who bring hope and love to every corner of the world, because that will transform the world.
Young people, you are so passionate and full of energy about issues and topics; and you have such a drive to make the change you want see. The rest of us, those of us who are older, need your energy, need your passion. But we also need to listen and to let you be in the circle, to let you lead us and to let you take us to where the world needs to be.
Ms Calia Sandona & Mr Scott Hanel - Lasallian Youth Ministers
(Source: The Star Newsletter Issue 01/09)