The Southern Cross : June 2012
Page 18 June 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | schools A ministry "not planned but passionately lived" could describe Christ's calling of Saint Matthew with the command "follow me", yet the words belong to Fernando Farrugia as he describes his calling to Catholic youth ministry in South Australia. What began as a priest's request of two teenage brothers at Christ the King parish, Lockleys, has seen Fernando devote more than two decades to innovative and inspired leadership to Catholic youth. "Our first group was small but really fun," Fernando says, recalling the work achieved in the large Maltese community with catechetical contributions from Franciscan Sisters. "My passion grew. I experienced the Edmund Rice Camps, and I made the connection between youth, God and outreach." Youth ministry, says Fernando, "is the heart and soul of life" as it "calls people to action and to relationship -- it facilitates discussion and enables the relationship with Christ and with one another to occur." Support for Fernando's work by the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life and the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) will see him take up a partial scholarship in the mid-year to complete a Graduate Certificate in Theology specialising in Youth and Campus ministry. The course aims at deepening Fernando's scholarship and bringing his own hands-on experience to the attention of his peers. It is an experience he is ready for. "I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth into all the concepts and frameworks and drawing on others experience and knowledge," he says. Fernando began his association with youth ministry back in the late 1980s but became more serious in 2000 when the parish priest in the Adelaide Archdiocese at Noarlunga asked him to become the youth minister. Before long, he took up a school-based youth ministry position in the north of the Archdiocese, which turned into a full time position at Gleeson College, Golden Grove. "That job was pivotal," Fernando recalls. "It took me to a conference in Sydney where I learnt about LIFETEEN, a big American Catholic youth ministry movement. It was just inspirational. I loved it and I came back and implemented the program at Gleeson College." In the period that followed, Fernando and his team helped train 25 young leaders from surrounding parishes. They also ran a youth Mass every Sunday and worked with NET teams, the Youth Mission Teams and True Love Waits in organising retreats for young people. Having qualified as a teacher and accompanied young South Australians to World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008, Fernando is now employed as the Head of Religious Education Year 7-12 Curriculum at Rostrevor College, Woodforde. "When the energy in young people is engaged anything is possible," he says. "They get excited about their faith, its traditions and its actions in the world. They want to be a part of it." Youth leader wins scholarship By Debra Vermeer ~ｴｷゲ ｷﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIW ｷゲ ┌ﾐSW�┘�ｷ─Wﾐ H┞ #ﾉﾉｷ;ﾐ┣ #┌ゲデ�;ﾉｷ; Nﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIW ]ｷﾏｷデWS ふ#ﾉﾉｷ;ﾐ┣ぶ #0d ヱヵ ヰヰヰ ヱヲヲ Βヵヰが #E} ]ｷIWﾐIW dﾗぎ ヲンヴΑヰΒく 1;デｴﾗﾉｷI 1ｴ┌�Iｴ Nﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIWゲ ]ｷﾏｷデWS #0d Αヶ ヰヰヰ ヰヰヵ ヲヱヰ #E} ]ｷIWﾐIW dﾗぎ ヲンヵヴヱヵが ヴΒヵ ]; ~�ﾗHW }デが cWﾉHﾗ┌�ﾐW ンヰヰヰ ;��;ﾐｪWゲ デｴｷゲ ｷﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIWゲ ;ゲ ; ヮ�ﾗﾏﾗデW� aﾗ� #ﾉﾉｷ;ﾐ┣く 0Waﾗ�W ﾏ;ﾆｷﾐｪ ; SWIｷゲｷﾗﾐ ;Hﾗ┌デ ｷﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIWが ヮﾉW;ゲW IﾗﾐゲｷSW� デｴW v�ﾗS┌Iデ 7ｷゲIﾉﾗゲ┌�W }デ;デWﾏWﾐデ ;┗;ｷﾉ;HﾉW H┞ I;ﾉﾉｷﾐｪ ヱンヰヰ ヶヵヵ ヰヰンく 1ﾗﾏヮWピピﾗﾐ �┌ﾐゲ ヱっヵっヱヲど ヲΓっヰヶっヱヲく v�ｷ┣W S�;┘ﾐ ヱΒっヰΑっヱヲ ;デ ]┗ﾉ ヱヱが ヲ c;�ﾆWデ }デ }┞SﾐW┞く ‡ｷﾐﾐW�ゲげ ﾐ;ﾏWゲ ヮ┌HﾉｷゲｴWS ｷﾐ ~ｴW #┌ゲデ�;ﾉｷ;ﾐ ヲヰっヰΑっヱヲく #┌デｴﾗ�ｷゲWS ┌ﾐSW� d}‡ vW�ﾏｷデ dﾗぎ ]~v}っヱヲっヰヱヲΑヰき #1~ vW�ﾏｷデ dﾗぎ ~v ヱヲっヰヰヶヰヲが }# ]ｷIWﾐIW dﾗぎ ~ヱヲっンヲΑが †N1 vW�ﾏｷデ dﾗぎ ヱヲっンΒヶく E┌ﾉﾉ デW�ﾏゲ ;ﾐS IﾗﾐSｷピﾗﾐゲ ;┗;ｷﾉ;HﾉW ;デ ;ﾉﾉｷ;ﾐ┣くIﾗﾏく;┌っヮ�ｷ┣Wく #デｴﾉWデW ｷﾏ;ｪW aW;デ┌�ｷﾐｪ [┌�デ EW;�ﾐﾉW┞ Iﾗ┌�デWゲ┞ ﾗa }W�Wﾐ; 1ﾗ�ヮﾗ�;デW vｴﾗデﾗｪ�;ヮｴ┞ ;ﾐS デｴW #v1く Allianz is a proud supporter of the Australian Paralympic Committee Call 1300 655 003 or visit www.catholicinsurances.com.au aﾗ� ; IﾗﾏヮWピピ┗W ケ┌ﾗデW デﾗS;┞ WIN A DREAM LONDON TRIP Purchase Catholic Church Insurances (CCI) car ﾗ� ｴﾗﾏW ｷﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIW H┞ ヲΓデｴ Y┌ﾐW ヲヰヱヲ ;ﾐS ┞ﾗ┌ ┘ｷﾉﾉ ｪﾗ ｷﾐデﾗ デｴW S�;┘ デﾗ ‡Nd デｴW デ�ｷヮ ﾗa ; ﾉｷaWピﾏW aﾗ� デ┘ﾗ デﾗ ]ﾗﾐSﾗﾐが ┘ﾗ�デｴ ガヱヲがヰヰヰぁ 11N vW�ゲﾗﾐ;ﾉ Nﾐゲ┌�;ﾐIWゲ ;�W ┌ﾐSW�┘�ｷ─Wﾐ H┞ #ﾉﾉｷ;ﾐ┣が ┘ｴﾗ ｷゲ ; ヮ�ﾗ┌S ゲ┌ヮヮﾗ�デW� ﾗa デｴW #┌ゲデ�;ﾉｷ;ﾐ v;�;ﾉ┞ﾏヮｷI 1ﾗﾏﾏｷ─WWく ~ｴｷゲ デ�ｷヮ ┘ｷﾉﾉ HW a┌ﾐSWS H┞ ﾗ┌� ヮ;�デﾐW� #ﾉﾉｷ;ﾐ┣ ;ﾐS ┘ｷﾉﾉ ｪｷ┗W ┞ﾗ┌ ; ┘ﾗﾐSW�a┌ﾉ ﾗヮヮﾗ�デ┌ﾐｷデ┞ デﾗ ;─WﾐS デｴW ]ﾗﾐSﾗﾐ ヲヰヱヲ v;�;ﾉ┞ﾏヮｷI F;ﾏWゲ jヮWﾐｷﾐｪ 1W�Wﾏﾗﾐ┞が ピIﾆWデゲ デﾗ ; ゲWﾉWIピﾗﾐ ﾗa ゲヮﾗ�ピﾐｪ W┗Wﾐデゲ ;ﾐS ;─WﾐS;ﾐIW ;デ デｴW #┌ゲデ�;ﾉｷ;ﾐ }┌ヮヮﾗ�デW�げゲ ‡WﾉIﾗﾏW 1ﾗIﾆデ;ｷﾉ �WIWヮピﾗﾐく #デ 11N ┘Wげ�W ﾐﾗデ ﾃ┌ゲデ IﾗﾏヮWピピ┗W に ┘Wげ�W I;�ｷﾐｪく K⁄yy”が Wﾐデ�ｷWゲ IﾉﾗゲW ヲΓデｴ Y┌ﾐW ヲヰヱヲく E LONDON EYE LONDON BRIDGE THE PARALYMPIAN, KURT FEARNLEY YOUTH MISSION: Fernando Farrugia chats with Rostrevor College students, from left, Moses Morgan, Nicholas Costanzo and Aurelio Berlingeri.