Catholic Youth Summit a success!

Posted on Sep 4, 2019 in CAS3 2019 - Our Youth Summit, News, Schools

With the Season of Creation now underway, Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to make simple changes to their lives so that God’s creation is treated with respect. He has also called on all of us “make an effort to change and adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles”.

Almost
100 students from Catholic secondary colleges from six diocese took up that
call during a Catholic Earthcare summit event last week at Santa Sabina College
in Strathfield. The summit – cas3 (Catholic Earthcare Australia Student
Sustainability Summit) brought together student leaders and changemakers from
across the Archdiocese of Sydney, Parramatta, Broken Bay, Maitland-Newcastle
and Illawarra Diocese, as well as the independent schools community. The
Bathurst Diocese even supported student attendance from Orange. The
demonstration event- designed, led and delivered by students, for students – aims
to model how individual diocese can run their own event next year and
compliments the Catholic Earthcare approach of animating and training the next
generation of the Catholic faith.

Catholic
Earthcare Director Bernard Holland said it was an inspirational day with
students hearing from a range of guest speakers and taking part in workshops to
promote a more sustainable way of living in line with Laudato Si.

Students
have many of the answers and made more than 100 commitments for change and acts
of leadership around Care of our Common Home. They are an important voice
during this time where we are in a climate emergency.

“Many
students spoke powerfully of their passion for the issue, voicing their values
and opinions and calling for leadership at a political level for action on
climate change.

“Particularly
for remote students in regional areas with a high population of climate
deniers, and schools where attending the school strike isn’t allowed.”

Bishop
of Parramatta Vincent Long Van Nguyen opened the event, which also featured a
smoking ceremony led by Indigenous leaders.

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Pannelist time! Summit kicked off and going well. 💪

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“Now
the next stage is for students to take up leadership on the issue at a local
level, wherever they live or study. Using the Catholic Earthcare Steps to
Ecological Dialogue students are being encouraged to engage with college
leadership and start their own student led environment committees within the
mission focus of the college”,
Mr. Holland said.

Students
will be offered the support services of Catholic Earthcare, and encouraged to
share their progress using the #cas3 on social media.

In 2020, Catholic Earthcare is planning a Convocation in
Melbourne for Sept 4th and 5th with a Youth stream though
it.

Find
out more at www.catholicearthcare.org.au