Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (2017 – 2019)

The re-structuring of the youth office within the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation (AOE) has now been completed.


Empower young people to encounter Christ, live a life in the spirit and participate in the mission of the church
A model of Archdiocesan youth ministry that establishes discipleship pathways from Catholic schools into church communities (parishes and ecclesial movements) and inspires young people to lead a new evangelisation


This re-structure allows the Archdiocese to decentralise youth ministry and consists of four key elements:

1. Marriage Family Youth Commission
2. Part time Youth Chaplains
3. Full time Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) Youth Project Officer: Implementing CSYMA in Secondary Schools across the Archdiocese
4. Part time Youth Ministers in Parishes and Catholic Secondary Schools

Highlighting the need for these two new appointments, the Bishops of Australia have announced a Year of Youth for 2018. Stemming from this, the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn will focus on youth for the next three years. Starting 2017, there will be a year of preparation, culminating in the Year of Youth in 2018 finishing with a year of follow up in 2019.