Largest youth celebration for Mary MacKillop at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 14-10-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney University and UTS chaplaincies combined their efforts to hold the largest youth event in Sydney to celebrate the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop.

On Tuesday 12 October students listened to live music and talks, attend mass and participated in Holy Hour on Notre Dame’s Broadway site in the lead up to the making of Australia’s first saint.

Notre Dame Chaplain, Fr Vincent Magat, said the day aimed to prepare University students for the Canonisation and was an opportunity for all to get involved in both the spiritual and social side of the event.

“We wanted students to be a part of this great occasion, for them to learn about Mary and what a wonderful life she led. In this way, we hope, they will be inspired to imitate her works, her virtues and her faith.”

The two talks held for the event focused on the purpose of Saints and the inspiring life of Mary, her vocation and her enduring legacy. A ‘Catholic Culture Expo’ was also held to highlight the active youth movements around Sydney.

The idea for the Festival came from Viva, a student group founded at WYD 2008 to build excitement and pride in Catholic faith on the Sydney Campus.

Coordinator of Viva, Jessica Langrell, said it was great to see so many students come to enjoy and participate in the celebration.

“We had over 500 students come along to have fun and to learn more about our first Saint. The courtyard was buzzing all day with singing, dancing and food that continued well on into the night. It was great to see so many young people enjoying the day whilst learning about Blessed Mary and celebrating this wonderful occasion.”

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