Australian youth Festival - A fruitful witness to God’s presence in the Church

2 February 2016

 

"Let us be lights of hope" (Pope Francis)

 

The Australian National Youth Festival is a significant event in the life of the Church, particularly for the Catholic Church in Australia. It was held in Adelaide from 3rd to 6th December 2015. This time it had attracted about Adelaide 2015 3000 young people around the country plus the presence of 18 Bishops, and many Priests and Religious men and women from different Orders and Congregations.

Like a simple flower in the garden of the Church, we seven Sisters of St Paul de Chartres were sent by Sr. Teresa Lau, our District Superior to participate in this Festival. It is such a privilege to join the youth, to be with them and journeying with them through these few days. Among many Religious Orders, we too had a vocation exposition stall to introduce and promote our Congregation to the young people. Two of our Sisters were also sent as volunteers working for the Festival with passion and great enthusiasm.
Our presence at the stall might not be as colorful or as popular as some others, however, westrived to introduce the beauty of what God has made us with the Charism of the
Sisters of St Paul de Chartres, a unique kind of flower in the Church.
Many young people came to our stall just to have fun playing our games andexperience our joy. Moreover, it was a great consolation for us seeing many young people come to speak with us, expressing their search for something spiritual, seeking relationship with God, finding the way to love and serve Him.

 

Adelaide 2015Our presence in the Festival became a crucial point - speaking an important word of love and caring, be encouraging and supportive to the youth who are the present and future of the Australian Church is full of challenges. It was such a joy to see these young people being confirmed and assured through the Festival that theAustralian Catholic Church is here and now - a holy, strong, young, talented and most of all, one which is filled with the loving presence of God who is always journeying and walking side by side with them. In a nut shell, we are grateful to be sent out to sow the seeds with all we are and who we are. The joy we have is not only in sowing, our hearts are also being converted. Our faith is strengthened by experiencing the loving mercy of God in various forms – in events and through many different peopleGod has given us to encounter in this wonderful and amazing occasion.

Sr. Theresa Maria DAO

 

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