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Our GYC students outside the iconic St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on Wednesday 6 November 2017


Six members of our GYC community are in Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival which gets into full swing today.

Several of the College’s new Youth Faith Ambassadors for 2018, Mark Mamic, Harriet Saunders, Bridget Snell and Alejandro Fuentes, two recently graduated Year 12 students Sophie Sliskovic and Vincent Parr and teacher Mr Luke Hamilton are among 19,000 young  people in Sydney for the festival which is also the launch the Australian Year of Youth.

They arrived in Sydney on Wednesday and the photos are taken at or near St Mary’s Cathedral as they were waiting to attend the launch of the Lights of Christmas event.

The three-day Australian Catholic Youth Festival will be based at Sydney Olympic Park and will feature some of the world’s best-known Catholic speakers and musical artists.

Today’s program was to begin with the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, welcoming the nation’s Catholic youth to Sydney.

Internationally acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Maher and Australian priest performer Fr Rob Galea will have the participants on their feet and popular spiritual contemplative Sister Hilda Scott OSB will be the guest speaker.

This plenary session will then move into workshops and interactive activities for the remainder of the day.

More than 100 stalls will include the award-winning charity Orange Sky which provides mobile laundry facilities to the homeless, and the creators of John Paul the Great, Australia’s first videogame. is live streaming the event.

The festival will end with a public mass in The Domain on Saturday which is expected to attract around 30,000 people.

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Our Tasmanian contingent outside the majestic St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on their way to join 5000 others for the official launch of the Lights of Christmas, a free animated light and sound show that will run nightly until 25 December. Now in its eighth season, it has become Sydney’s most visited Christmas tourist attraction, drawing over a million people annually.

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Australia’s youngest bishop, Bishop Richard Umbers, of Sydney, speaks to National Nine News at Qudos Arena. photo: Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney