The Marist Young Adult Retreat took place in Sydney from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 July 2018. Two of Perth’s Marist Youth Ministry (MYM) team, Emily Redwood and Michael Heelan (Class of 2016), attended the conference with the support of Newman College.
Michael reflected; “The weekend was very fruitful for our own personal growth, and has offered us a unique insight into the practical application of Christian and Marist values in our day-to-day endeavours.”
The retreat included both outreach and formation sessions. On the formation sessions Emily and Michael reflected, “Ryan Gato [Member of the National Marist Mission & Life Formation Team] was exceptional, as he always is, in delivering highly engaging content with a strong message – in this instance, the importance of recognising Jesus Christ in every person with whom we interact was highlighted in Ryan’s session. The absolute standout of the weekend for us was Br Graham’s Saturday morning presentation on modern Marist spirituality.”
“It was also exciting to meet so many other young, like-minded Marists that participate in MYM in their respective states. These lovely people, who we feel blessed to have met, shared valuable insights to how the program is run and sustained in their own areas, and we look forward to sharing these with the rest of the MYM committee on our return to Perth.”
We extend our appreciation to Br Greg McDonald FMS (National Marist Youth Ministry Coordinator) and his team for providing the opportunity for young adults around the country to come together in a spirit of formation, and for the hospitality that was shown to our young Marists.