Lifted Leaders inspired to be more

27/2/2018
The inaugural LIFTED Leaders gathering was held at Rooty Hill RSL this year
The inaugural LIFTED Leaders gathering was held at Rooty Hill RSL this year

 

“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” – Blessed Oscar Romero
 
Around 150 Year 12 student leaders from schools in the Diocese of Parramatta recently gathered at Rooty Hill RSL for the inspiring Catholic Youth Parramatta LIFTED Leaders event.
 
LIFTED Leaders brings together Year 12 students, Diocese of Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta leaders and a special guest, in this case popstar priest Father Robert Galea.
 
Bishop Vincent saw the event as a opportunity for deep listening and respectful dialogue, sharing his vision of Church as, “a place where it does not matter where you are, no matter where you come from, no matter whether you are straight or gay, rich or poor, there is a place for you in the Church”.
 
Catholic Youth Parramatta Director James Camden said the event offers students an opportunity to connect with other young people from across the Diocese.

Catholic Education Executive Director Greg Whitby described the event as a ‘listening assembly’ for educators.
 
“This is an opportunity for the students to express their thoughts on Catholic Education in a very dynamic environment,” Mr Whitby said.

 

Student leaders from Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta get into the LIFTED Leaders gathering
Student leaders from Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta get into the LIFTED Leaders gathering

 

Former The X Factor contestant Father Rob Galea who connected with the young leaders straight away with his contemporary music and easy going conversation centred around his experience growing up in Malta as a troubled teenager. 

Fr Galea urged students not to hesitate or be afraid to make mistakes by “...finding our centre of gravity, getting down and not being afraid of failure; and getting up and not being afraid to do it scared”.
 
The young leaders engaged in several team discussions centred around: creating a greater sense of Diocesan identity, feeling connected and supported by their peers, feeling inspired and motivated for success and getting a sense of engagement which will take them beyond the school community.

 

Making new friends and sharing was what it was all about for Marion College Year 12 student Jacquelyn Valensise and St Patrick’s Marist, Dundas Year 12 student Rebecca Ozer
Making new friends and sharing was what it was all about for Marian College, Kenthurst student Jacquelyn Valensise and St Patrick’s Marist, Dundas student Rebecca Ozer

 

They were also able to identify clearly what makes their school noticeably Catholic and Marian College, Kenthurst student Jacquelyn Valensise said her school is very involved with giving back to the community.
 
St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas student Rebecca Ozer said the school connects them to their faith by praying the Angelus every day and attending school Mass.
 
Parramatta Marist Year 12 students Marco Manalang and Philo Farid spoke about the Marist charism.
 
Proud of their catholic education Parramatta Marist Year 12 students Marco Manalang and Philo Farid
Proud of their Catholic education Parramatta Marist students Marco Manalang and Philo Farid

 

“We are very much encouraged to be willing to take on the challenges of the world in the same way Jesus did,” Marco said.

Special guest Fr Rob Galea performs at the LIFTED Leaders gathering
Special guest Fr Rob Galea performs at the LIFTED Leaders gathering

The next big event on the Catholic Youth Parramatta calendar is the Good Friday Night Walk on Friday, March 30 from 10pm-7am from the Blacktown Parish to the Parramatta Cathedral Parish. More details check out Catholic Youth Parramatta on Facebook.

 

Posted By CathEd Parra at 5/03/2018 9:56:11 AM
 
   
  
 

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