Hero foreword

Foreward

The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me,

for He has anointed me (Luke 4:18). As Jesus said of Himself in the synagogue, so it is true for our young people. The Spirit of the Lord is conferred upon them at Baptism and Confirmation; is renewed in them every time they pray, hear the Word

of God, or receive the precious sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion; and inspires their hearts and minds as they take Christ to our world. The Church is challenged to walk beside these Spirit-anointed young people, to help them identify God’s presence in their lives, and to enable them to grow every closer to Christ and His Church.

Anointed and Sent is a common vision of the Australian Catholic Bishops for animating and nurturing the spiritual life of young people.

It addresses young people themselves as the future – but also as the part of the present –

of our Church. It addresses all those who seek

to minister to young people by drawing them

into the life of the Catholic community and engaging them in the Church’s mission. And in addresses the whole Church as it seeks to connect better with young people and to ensure they encounter Jesus Christ in and through them.

Just as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop reached out to and addressed the needs of young people in her own time, and as many have done since, so must we today. In partnership with Christ, we see our young people as a fertile field for calling, conversion and catechesis, as worshippers

of God “in Spirit and in truth”, as partners in evangelising our world and making it a more just and peaceful place, and as saints-in-the-making.

This new edition of Anointed and Sent calls faith communities proactively to engage with young people as they grow in faith and help grow the faithful. It proposes three challenging goals and eight ‘focus areas’ or fields of endeavour for youth ministry today. By opening our hearts and doors to young people and responding to the voice of the Spirit within them, the Church is continually re-animated for her mission.

This new edition of Anointed and Sent calls faith communities proactively to engage with young people as they grow in faith and help grow the faithful. It proposes three challenging goals and eight ‘focus areas’ or fields of endeavour for youth ministry today. By opening our hearts and doors to young people and responding to the voice of the Spirit within them, the Church is continually re-animated for her mission.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

(Most Rev.) Anthony Fisher OP Bishops Delegate for Youth

 

The Synod Fathers wanted to assure the youth of the Church in Oceania that they are called to be “salt of the earth and light of the world” (Mt 5:13,14). The Bishops wished them to know that they are a vital part of the Church today.
St John Paul II
Ecclesia in Oceania #44

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