Mark Lysaght, Associate Director Identity & Mission, together with two ACU students attended the special Pre-Synod Gathering in Rome on March 19 to 25, ahead of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.
Lachlan Tomkins and Steph Santos from the Brisbane Campus were part of this ground breaking meeting of 300 young people from around the world, convened by Pope Francis along with the Office for the Synod of Bishops as a way to listen to young adults leading to the 2018 Ordinary Synod which will take place in October 2018 at the Vatican.
This historic gathering is a milestone in the life of the Church, as this is the first time in 20 centuries in which the perspective of young people are heard through dialogue and discussion. The feedback from the meeting from the Pre-Synod Gathering are contained in a document (including some 15,000 online submissions from youth around the world) which was presented to Pope Francis at the Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
The Holy See has also received input from dioceses and national surveys conducted in the latter half of 2017 with more than 15,000 young people participating in Australia. A summary of the survey responses, together with feedback from many dioceses, formed a national report that has been provided to the Synod of Bishops. The feedback from young people around the world, such as the representation of Lachlan and Steph in the Pre-Synod Gathering, will help shape the Working Document for the 2018 Synod of Bishops.
ACU Students, Stephanie Santos and Lachlan Tomkins with Associate Director Identity & Mission Mark Lysaght.