More than 1300 Catholic secondary students from Catherine McAuley and Marist colleges in Bendigo and St Joseph’s College, Echuca gathered at the Marian Centre for the Ablaze Youth Day yesterday.
This is the first time a youth festival of this scale has been held in the Sandhurst Diocese. Year nine, 10 and 11 students from the three colleges attended the high-energy event which includes rock performances from Catholic priest, Fr Rob Galea, and his band.
The day is an initiative of Catholic Education Sandhurst to reach out to young people in the Australian bishop’s year of the youth.
The festival included live music, engaging speakers and an opportunity for students to celebrate and learn about their faith.
The year of youth invites the church to dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the church and society.
It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a generation of young people in the life of the church.
The Bendigo Ablaze Youth Day is the second of three festivals to be held across the diocese this year, with Shepparton hosting an event last month, and a third festival to be held in Albury later this year.