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Stellar line-up for youth festival


More than 15,000 Catholic youth from around the nation are expected to flock to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival being held from December 7-9 in Sydney.

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The festival organisers have announced a stellar line-up of presenters and performers, including world-renowned Canadian Christian singer Matt Maher, speaker and worship leader Emily Wilson and fellow American singer songwriter Steve Agrisano along with local artists and Church leaders.

The latest addition to the program is Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, the two young men behind the ground-breaking charity Orange Sky Australia. They have received accolades around Australia for their free mobile laundry service for the homeless.

As keynote speakers, the Brisbane pair will speak about how they came up with the idea of the world-first mobile laundry idea to provide dignity and respect as well as clean clothes to those living on the streets. They will showcase one of the vans to highlight how their simple idea has grown to 16 laundry vans and three shower vans across Australia.

“We’ve met so many incredible people on our three-year journey, and we hope that by sharing these stories, we will inspire others to make a difference,” said Nicholas.

Established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the three-day festival aims to provide quality formative and experiential opportunities for young Catholics from Year 9 to age 30 to deepen their relationship with Jesus, to be empowered as disciples in the world today and to encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.

The festival concludes on Saturday December 9 with a closing evening Mass in the Domain open to all Catholics and to which more than 30,000 people are expected to attend.

More than 200 young people from Adelaide are heading to Sydney for the festival.

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