Initiatives - Formation

Listening to the voices of young people

Inspired by the Year of Youth, a variety of events celebrated and engaged our young people across Brisbane Catholic Education schools

  • Staff and students celebrated their faith and the life you’re living with international singer and songwriter Jesse Manibusan during a Year of Youth rally. Students connected with the Gospel and affirmed their call as disciples who walk the journey of Christ together.

  • Year 5 and 6 students gathered in primary schools across the Archdiocese for a day of reflection and retreat to explore Spreading joy: be a 5th Gospel. Young people discovered Gospel messages of joy and formed their own messages of joy to share with others.

  • As part of the formation day Spreading joy: be a 5th Gospel, a peer-to-peer ministry program was trialled with Year 9 to 11 students. These students brought their enthusiasm to confidently and positively support the participation of the younger students in small group activities, demonstrating how they live their Catholic Christian faith and values through words and actions.

  • Year 11 and 12 students participated in a Question and Answer session with Archbishop Mark Coleridge and other members of the Archdiocese, focused on ways young people can make a difference in the Church and in the world. As a result of positive responses to this session, a further event was held with an expert panel to further explore the role of women in the church, and relationships and sexuality.

PoTENtial 2018: Made for greatness

More than 800 young people participated in PoTENtial: Power of TEN to Inspire and Lead, the student formation and leadership event aimed at Year 10 students. Events were hosted over two days in four venues across South East Queensland and included guest presenters, music, interaction with community leaders, student panel discussions, and prayer spaces. Students accepted the invitation to be the attitudes of Belong, Be Connected, Be Welcome and Be Yourself, and were reminded that greatness is achieved by embracing and celebrating our smallness.