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Bianca Dipilato was determined not to let a
number get in the way of attending the first
Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be
held in Adelaide.
The 30-year-old St Teresa’s School teacher
was recently disappointed to discover she
was over the 25-year-old age threshold for
the festival in December.
“I really wanted to go because it was
a national event being held in Adelaide
for the very first time – what an amazing
experience – and I’d never been to one
before,” she said.
While she may not be attending as a
pilgrim, she will be at the Convention
Centre helping an expected crowd of up to
4000 Catholic youth as a volunteer.
“Even though I was too old for the festival,
I still wanted to be a part of it,” said the
Religious Education teacher.
Indeed, Bianca’s been appointed the
festival’s volunteers coordinator and is
looking forward to making sure pilgrims
from across Australia encounter their best
ever ACYF experience.
“I am really excited,” said Bianca. “When
I first heard the festival was being hosted
by our diocese I immediately thought this
could be big for Adelaide,” she said.
“I think it will be a great opportunity to
engage young people outside of the
Church and hopefully help them realise
that there are so many different dimensions
to faith and gain a different perspective.”
She is now calling upon all like-minded
adults in South Australia and nationally
to come and experience the Festival as a
About 80 volunteers are needed each day
for different roles including introducing
and thanking guest speakers, assisting
at the help desk, acting as welcome
ambassadors and being the ‘face’ of the
festival. Mandatory police checks are
required of all volunteers.
A volunteer briefing is being held on
September 7 at 7.30pm at the Catholic
Education Conference Centre, George
St, Thebarton. To RSVP or for more
information on volunteering at the
Festival contact Bianca Dipilato on
0421 814 187 or email bdipilato@
Young people wanting to register for
the Festival can visit www.youthfestival.
catholic.org.au or contact James
Meston on 08 8301 6109.
SERVING YOUTH: St Teresa’s Catholic School teacher Bianca Dipilato will be
coordinating volunteers across the three-day Australian Catholic Youth Festival in
Adelaide from December 3.
Age is just a number for helper
A priest in the Andes
annointing the sick
Two South Australians renowned
for their work in interfaith relations
were moved by a decision of Pope
Francis to shake hands with all 300
delegates at a recent international
conference of Christians and Jews
Dr Ron Hoenig, president of Beit
Shalom Synagogue and Jewish
co-chair of the Council of Christians
and Jews in SA, and Fr Michael
Trainor, Adelaide priest and lecturer
at the Australian Catholic University
in Adelaide, were among the
surprised delegates. Fr Trainor is co-
chair of the Council.
“As a Jew, it was a special moment
to shake hands with the Pope,” said
The conference celebrated 50 years
since the release of Nostra Aetate
which paved the way for greater
understanding between the Catholic
Church and other world religions.
Dr Hoenig said the conference
sought to make amends for the
long history of anti-Semitism in the
Christian churches and brought
together delegates from at least
30 countries to discuss interfaith
relations between Jews and
Dr Hoenig and Fr Trainor are also
on the organising committee for a
conference entitled “Bridges and
Walls: What are the Bridges and
Walls to interfaith activity in 2015”,
which will take place in Melbourne
from October 25 to October 27.
One of the keynote speakers
is Rabbi Jorge (Schmuel)
Szteinhendler from Santiago, Chile.
Born in Argentina, he trained as a
conservative rabbi in Buenos Aires
and began visiting Cuba regularly in
Rev Jenny Chalmers from the
Anglican Church in New Zealand
and one of the founders of the
Wellington Abrahamic Council will
also speak at the conference.
Hands-on interfaith experience
SPECIAL MOMENT: Dr Hoenig meets Pope Francis during an interfaith
conference in Rome recently.
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