Stronger - an Introduction

stronger group 350pxOur Story
In 2008 the late Bishop Joe Grech wanted to continue the World Youth Day journey of bringing young people in the Diocese of Sandhurst to a fuller understanding of their faith, an engagement with the Church, and a living discipleship of Jesus.

Stronger began out of this desire to walk with young people as they encounter Jesus Christ and the Church, and strives to encourage them to become Stronger and empowered to live as His disciples who impact the world.

The first Stronger event was a weekend retreat held in 2008 with the late Bishop of Sandhurst, Joe Grech and Fr Rob Galea with 8 people attending.

Since then Stronger has continued to grow as a fun and faith-filled program where young people come together and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ with one another and has impacted the lives of thousands of young people from the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond.

The Stronger program is made up of the following elements,The Stronger Retreat, Stronger Rallies, D Groups

-To find out more about Stronger click here.

Upcoming Events

5 Aug
SYM Wine and Cheese Night
05.08.2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A monthly social gathering for Young People aged 18-35
23 Aug
2019 Stronger Retreat
23.08.2019 6:00 pm - 25.08.2019 4:00 pm

2019 Stronger Youth Retreat
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August
PGL Campaspe Downs, Kyneton
Ages: Yr 11-26 years old
Cost: $175

Register at
Registrations close Monday 29th July

The Stronger Retreat is a Catholic youth retreat, held annually, over one weekend for the Sandhurst Diocese. Since beginning in 2008 the Retreat has been a space for gathering with other young people for a common experience- encountering Jesus Christ and the Church. Becoming empowered, encouraged and equipped, to impact the Church and the world. 
Engaging speakers focus on relevant and practical topics. The Retreat offers participants:
-An opportunity for communal and personal prayer
-Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
-Music, praise and worship
-And so much more... 

For more information contact Ruth Lawlor or Samuel Matuszek on (03) 5441 2544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst is committed to the safety and well being of all children and young people involved in our programs. The welfare of the children in our care will always be a priority. 



Retreat Poster_200519.pdf

2 Sep
SYM Wine and Cheese Night
02.09.2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A monthly social gathering for Young People aged 18-35
21 Sep
SYM How to Pray Workshop Day
21.09.2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A workshop day for young people aged 15-35.
7 Oct
SYM Wine and Cheese Night
07.10.2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A monthly social gathering for Young People aged 18-35