Many of the network members arrived the evening prior to the meeting beginning, which gave the unique opportunity to experience an authentic example of Diocesan Youth Ministry as expressed within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese at ‘Pints with a Purpose’. A highlight of each ANDYMC gathering is the host Diocese excursion, which this year was particularly special with an afternoon tour of the local vineyards in the Hunter Valley allowing time to sample God given gifts of the local environment while also providing time for fellowship among the network.
We look forward with renewed energy to the year ahead, as we all prepare for everything 2017 has to offer, including ACYF, laying foundations for the Year of Youth and looking forward to gathering again at our annual member meeting which will be hosted by the Diocese of Toowoomba. Many thanks to our host Diocese, Maitland-Newcastle; To Fr Greg Barker for presiding over our opening Mass and facilitating our sharing and debrief session, Bishop William Wright for sharing his time with us on several occasions over the week, in particular when presiding over our final Mass and finally our host ANDYMC member Maryanne Hacker for pulling the organisation of the week together and being a gracious host.
Kelly Paget
Executive Officer of ANDYMC