NZ represented at meeting of young people in Rome to prepare for Synod


Isabella McCafferty has been invited by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops to represent New Zealand a meeting of young people in Rome.

This meeting, which begins on Monday, will bring 300 young people from across the world for six days.

The outcome from the gathering will be presented to the members of the October Synod of Bishops on Young People, together with other documentation, for their reflection and study.

McCafferty is a member of the Family & Young Church team in the Archdiocese of Wellington.

She took part in the preparatory meeting in Rome last year and has been part of the re-establishment of a National Council for Young People.

She served on the organising committee for the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival in December and has been involved with Life Teen Summer Camps.

McCafferty will be posting about the experience on social media and inviting young New Zealanders to contribute their own reflections throughout the week of meetings.

Click on here to follow her posts about the meeting.

The Vatican is also inviting young people, aged 16-29 the world over to get involved, through social media, and take part in the discussion and make their voices heard.

Anyone in this age group can also participate by commenting on different questions online.

But to do so they need to visit the Vatican’s webpage for the Synod  or this Facebook page and register by Friday 16th March.

The date for the meeting was chosen to enable all participants to take part, at the end of the meeting, in the celebration of the Eucharist on the Palm Sunday with the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Square at the 33rd World Youth Day 2018.

The theme is Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.


Supplied New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference





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