Tuesday, 14 April 2015 13:12

Anointed and Sent: New Youth Ministry Resource

Anointed and Sent COVER-350pxThis passage from Luke is the guiding text for the revised edition of anointed and sent “The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour’. (Luke 4:18-19)

This scripture sets the tone for the document which aims to provide “a vision for ministry with young people aged 12-30 in Catholic Church in Australia. It calls the entire Church to accompany them as maturing disciples through their school and post-school years into adulthood, and to help them find their place in the Church and the world.” (foreword)

In it young people and those working to engage young people are encouraged to embrace faith knowing that ‘it is imperative that the Church proclaim the gospel to the young in ways that they can understand, ways that can enable them to grasp the hand of Christ who never ceases to reach out to them, especially in their dark times.’ (St John Paul II)

This is achieved by encouraging the fostering of the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person, drawing young people into responsible participation in the life and mission of the catholic faith community. And then empowering them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in today’s world.

The handbook is an easy to read guide to youth ministry in Australia explaining what the key focus areas are, and the role they play in providing a balance of formation and service. Focus areas of youth ministry are listed as Prayer and Worship, Evangelisation, Catechesis, Pastoral Care, Community Life, Justice and Service, Leadership Development, and Advocacy.

If you are interested in a copy of Anointed and Sent for your ministry or group contact Darcy De Losa on 0409 777 242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.