A Conversation with the Archbishop

17 March 2014 | General Interest

This event is held every year and is hosted by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth. It brings together the student leaders of Melbourne’s Catholic secondary colleges who have the opportunity to be in conversation with Archbishop Hart about matters of faith and their lives as young Catholics. This year’s conversation was held at the newly completed Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne which proved to be an excellent venue for such an event. The theme of the day was the impact Pope Francis is making on the Church. In particular we were asked to reflect on the ways in which Pope Francis is calling upon Catholics to really live the Gospel of Jesus through a simple lifestyle of service to others. Archbishop Hart spoke about his life going right back to his family and school days. He spoke of the call to the priesthood and the opportunity he has had to serve the Catholics of Melbourne since he was ordained in 1967. He emphasised that through all the different work he has done as a priest, his main concern has been to remind people of the love that God has for them. The students broke into discussion groups where they had the opportunity to consider a number of questions about being a young Catholic today. The Archbishop will use the points made in the groups in his Pentecost Letter to Young People. Thomas Carr College was represented by College Captains and Vice Captains Adrian Debrincat, Helena Carapina, Nicholas Parrella and Abby McDonald.