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Texan-born singer/songwriter Steve
Angrisano was 15 years old when he
attended his first Catholic youth concert.
“It was a turning point for me to
experience a faith that was alive and
calling for me,” he says. “The rest of my
life changed because of that experience.”
In December, the 49-year-old – one of the
highest-selling Catholic musicians globally,
will be performing before an expected
audience of 4000 youth in Adelaide at the
Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF).
Adelaide will be hosting the biennial event
for the first time.
“It will be nothing like young people in
Adelaide have ever seen before,” says
Steve. He was in Adelaide last month
presenting a music workshop at Cardijn
College and speaking at Pub Theology
as part of a three-week working visit to
Steve says the enthusiasm and wonder
of local youth experiencing their first
encounter of being a young Catholic on
a national scale was “extraordinary to
witness”. “You are able to witness faith
happen right before your eyes,” he says.
Steve took part in the inaugural ACYF held
in Melbourne in 2013.
He says it’s an opportunity Adelaide youth
should not miss. “Just going to Mass
with 4000 other young people will be so
Steve will be presenting at plenary
sessions and giving workshops on living
the Catholic faith and on music at the
ACYF Adelaide. He will perform songs
from some of his eight albums and
will speak on the function of liturgical
music and how to integrate music more
effectively into the liturgy.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Steve has
agreed be a part of the festival in Adelaide
as a major presenter,” says James Meston,
ACYF diocesan coordinator. “It’s the first
time an Adelaide audience will hear him
Steve is a veteran musician, composer
and youth minister who has performed at
eight World Youth Days, several national
Catholic youth conferences in the United
States and 14 Catholic gatherings in Los
Angeles attracting 25,000 youth each time.
Steve started his career as a youth
minister in his Dallas diocese and ran
music workshops for local schools. In
1993, he was invited to address the LA
Congress and performed for Pope John
Paul II at World Youth Day in Denver.
“In 1993, I went from being a local guy to
singing to the Pope and performing in front
of 12,000 people and it thrust me into a
The ACYF will be held in Adelaide from
December 3-5. For more information
More than 950 hotel beds have already
been booked by groups planning to attend
the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in
Adelaide in December.
At a briefing day held last month, interstate
and local school and youth group leaders
heard that an accommodation agency has
sourced 1600 rooms in the $65-$80 per
head range and they were rapidly being
Accommodation consultant Shanna
Sheldrick said more blocks of
accommodation would be booked but they
would have a higher room rate.
More than 4000 young people are
expected to attend the second Australian
Catholic Youth Festival being held at the
Adelaide Convention Centre.
Ms Sheldrick said this was “right up there”
in terms of the size of conferences held in
Adelaide and would have a huge impact
on the economy.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Office for Youth director Mr Malcolm Hart
said two international presenters, Jason
Evert and Steve Angrisano, had been
secured and a diverse list of high profile
Catholics and youth specialists was
being put together. He said the festival
would also include workshops, live music,
exhibitions, walks, Masses and prayer
A key feature of the festival would be
discussion forums where young people
would gather to talk informally with
bishops and church leaders on various
topics of interest to youth.
Group leaders toured the Convention
Centre as part of the briefing day, which
was live-streamed around Australia by Xt3
Anyone looking for accommodation in
Adelaide should contact Ms Sheldrick at
CAN’T WAIT: Steve Angrisano, one of the highest-selling Catholic musicians around the world, was last month announced as a
presenter at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival being hosted in Adelaide for the first time from December 3 to 5.
International star for Adelaide festival
PLANNING: Group leaders Erin McIntee and Rebecca Corcoran from Samaritan College Whyalla, Daniel Magada from Henley
Beach parish and Shanna Ridings from Cardijn College at the Adelaide Convention Centre last month.
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
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