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A Melbourne youth minister, an Adelaide
boarding house supervisor, and a student
who helps out at a skydiving café on
weekends will be the official MCs of the
Australian Catholic Youth Festival in
Adelaide in December.
Joshua Rajasingam, Caitlin Brown and
Holly Roberts have been chosen by the
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Office for Youth to be the main presenters
of each plenary gathering at the festival.
The trio will have a constant presence at
the three-day event; talking with young
people and recording footage for daily
highlight reels. They will also act as festival
youth ambassadors in the lead up to the
event’s December 3 start date.
An initial line-up of festival presenters
has also been announced and includes
musician and Sandhurst priest Father Rob
Galea who became a television sensation
as a contestant on X-Factor last month.
More than 2000 young people have
registered for the festival with group
bookings closing on October 23. Sixteen
bishops from around Australia are planning
to attend and will be involved in the
workshop program which is being finalised.
The MCs collectively hold an impressive
CV of voluntary positions for the Youth
Justice Centre, Marist Youth Ministry,
Edmund Rice Camps, St Vincent de Paul,
Build the Bridge and Antioch.
“The youthful Church encompasses so
many dynamic individuals who are all
passionate about different things in their
lives, so I am hoping that the vibrancy of
this festival will, above all, celebrate the
love that our Church has to offer,” says
Caitlin, 22, from Adelaide.
Caitlin is a Brighton parishioner and social
justice youth development officer for the
Adelaide Archdiocese Office for Youth
and Young Adults. She is a Sacred Heart
College old scholar and, as a boarder
herself, is currently college boarding house
Australian Catholic University teaching
student Josh, 24, says his hope for the
ACYF in Adelaide later this year is to give
Catholic youth a sense of belonging. “I
think that at times, it’s easy for us to fall
into the trap of feeling like we have to hide
our faith because it’s uncool or unpopular
or too hard,” says Josh.
“What I hope for everybody is that they
get a sense of how broad our Church is
and how rich this life can be. I want people
to walk away with a feeling that they are
not alone and this is much bigger than just
Josh is a youth minister with the Youth
Engagement Project run by three parishes
and two Catholic secondary schools in
inner-East Melbourne. He is a Marcellin
College Bulleen old scholar and a
parishioner of St Martin of Tours in
Nineteen-year-old Holly is hoping to
spread the word that young people are the
future of the Catholic Church. “We have
the power to see what is problematic in the
world and change it,” she says. “We could
have people sitting in the audience at the
Festival that one day could find the cure
for cancer or become a pioneer in ending
Holly was born in Adelaide and educated
at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary School,
Antonio Catholic School and Cardijn
College. She is a tertiary student who
works weekends at her Auntie’s café at
a skydiving drop-zone just outside of the
Young people wanting to register for
the festival can visit www.youthfestival.
catholic.org.au or contact James
Meston on 08 8301 6109.
ACYFY MCs: (L-R) Joshua Rajasingam from Melbourne with Caitlin Brown and Holly
Roberts from Adelaide.
Trio takes the lead at youth festival
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
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