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2017 Marist Youth Festival (Issue 10 2017)

Written on the 6 July 2017

The Marist Youth Festival (MYF) for 2017 was a much anticipated event for myself and six other Year 12 students, set to be an incredible experience at Saint Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, just out of Sydney. The hundreds of other like-minded young Marists, who greeted us upon arrival at the College, had travelled from everywhere, from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Perth to Brisbane, and even South Africa and the Philippines. It was with these people who became our friends for life, and helped to create the strong sense of family spirit present throughout the festival; confirmation that the next three days were to be truly eye-opening.

Singer/songwriter, Steve Angrisano, travelled from Texas, USA, to join us at the MYF, and set the scene at the beginning of each session, leading us in engaging and enthusiastic worship through his music. Group workshops on ministry, volunteering, faith, life and other contemporary issues, led by Steve and various other guests, gave us an insight into the difference we have the ability to make in our own lives, as well as others', and helped us to form the amazing experiences we can now bring back to Adelaide to share within the Sacred Heart, and wider Marist community in South Australia.

The keynote speakers, including founders of the charity, Orange Sky Laundry; Youth Minister, Jess Alampi; Marist Brother, Tony Leon; and refugees and asylum seekers from the Sydney Alliance, were awe-inspiring, awakening us to the differences these role models have made in the world, and their belief in us to do the same. The keynote speakers and workshop leaders, along with the team of young Marists who made the MYF possible, are of great inspiration to us as students, and have given us a great desire to live out this faith and ministry in our lives, and to share it with our Sacred Heart College community in Marcellin Champagnat's footsteps.

Cara McGlaughlin
Chanel House Captain



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