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AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY, by C. Fini and C. Ryan (Eds)

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 Contents - Dec 2014AD2000 December 2014 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Coming of Christ - Peter Westmore
Family Synod: Synod reaffirms Church teaching on marriage and family - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Dissent: New controversy erupts in Toowoomba - Peter Westmore
Vocations: Young Men of God Retreat for 2014 another success - Br Barry Coldrey
The Long View: Catholicism today and the lessons of history - John Young
Economic justice: The Catholic Church explains sexual mores - with economics - Emma Green
Cardinal Pell: Synod rebuts 'secular agenda' - Catholic News Service
The after-life: Why pray for those who are no longer with us? - Audrey English
Separation of church and state: the position outside Australia - Frank Mobbs
Obituary: Fr Benedict Groeschel, aged 81, dies in New Jersey - Peter Westmore
Letters: Toowoomba trouble - Tristan Ross
Letters: Synod of Bishops - Arnold Jago
Letters: Language - Frank O'Connor
Letters: Last man standing! - Anne Lastman
Books: IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF THE SPIRIT: Guide to the Sacraments in the Byzantine Church - Paul Simmons (reviewer)
Books: AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY, by C. Fini and C. Ryan (Eds) - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light - Pope Francis

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY
by C. Fini and C. Ryan (Eds)
(Garratt Publishing Australia, 2014, 360pp, ISBN: 978-1- 92500-951-4, RRP: $34.95)

Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in Australia has experienced a vital renewal since World Youth Day in Rome during the Jubilee Year, 2000. But after WYD Sydney in July 2008 the growth and range of initiatives has been exponential.

In spite of this, little has been written concerning these developments in Australia, exploring these exciting developments that have taken place against a background of the revelations and humiliations of clergy sexual abuse and the panorama of modern life in a rich, secular and multicultural nation most of whose people "dance to a different drum".

At last, two prominent leaders of this ministry revival, Fathers Christian Fini OMI and Chris Ryan of the Missionaries of God's Love have commissioned and edited a magnificent range of essays which place in context, explain, document and explore these new "points of light" in a Church which has been facing so many challenges at the start of the Third Millennium.

The Church as a whole and those engaged in ministry with young people are deeply indebted to these two priests. The book is a "must read" for all Catholics engaged in ministry with the young.

These are some of the contributions and these separate authors: "The Post Vatican II Experience of Youth in Australia: Generation Y and the Church" (Joel Hodge); "Towards an Evangelising Youth Ministry" (Chris Ryan); "Young Church in the Cloud" (Christian Fini); "Creating a Safe Environment for Young People" (Teresa Rhynehart); "Diocesan Approach to Youth Ministry" (Michael Hart); "Youth Ministry in a Rural Context" (Gabrielle Sinclair); "Catholic Schools in the New Evangelisation, the CSYMA" (Peter Woods); and "The Emergence of Lay Retreat Teams" (Steve Toohey).

There are additional chapters written by specialists such as Malcolm Hart, Paul Salmon, Marcel Koper, Stefan Gigacz, Teresa Pirola, Shayne Bennet and Selina Hasham.

This is an extraordinary range of youthful Catholic talent.

Of course, even in a book almost 400 pages long, the authors cannot include every exciting development: the rise of fine leaders of Catholic tertiary ministry such as Pat Langrell (Notre Dame University, Sydney) and Mark Lysaght (ACU, Banyo) and other leaders such as Roby Curtis of Blind Eye Ministries, Dave Jorna of Project Hatch, Fr Paul Chandler of Frassati Australia and Huw Warmenhoven, Director of the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Association; but the book is comprehensive.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 27 No 11 (December 2014 - January 2015), p. 16

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