It is an exciting time to be a young person in the Archdiocese of Sydney! There are many ways you can get involved in the Church and many ways you can serve your community.

ACYF (Australian Catholic Youth Festival) 2017

Australian Catholic Youth Festival This year our Archdiocese will be hosting the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017 which will bring together 15,000 young people from all around Australia.

The theme of the festival is: Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People Faith and Vocational Discernment.

The festival will take place from 7-9 December 2017 at Sydney Olympic Park with the final Mass taking place in the Domain. The official website is: and you can find the latest updates there.

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival exists to provide a high quality formative opportunity for you to encounter Jesus Christ. It will be a place you can listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia and give you a chance to empower you to become evangelisers.

At ACYF there will be opportunities to explore vocations, social action, liturgy, prayer, catholic music and catechesis.
ACYF is an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Year of Youth 2018

Australian Catholic Year of Youth 2018

The final Mass of ACYF will launch a Year of Youth which also has the same theme as ACYF: Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People Faith and Vocational Discernment. In this year the global Church will have a Synod on Youth where youth delegates from around the world will come together to discuss youth ministry and the young heart of the Catholic Church.

Catholic Youth Services

Catholic Youth Services is the youth office of the Archdiocese of Sydney you can contact them by clicking on the link on the right hand side.

Youth Synod 2018 Survey

Young people across Australia are being called to share their views about life, faith, and their experience of Church through an online survey published today by the Australian Bishops.

The survey seeks to capture the opinions and perspectives of young people as part of a national consultation process that will inform an international conversation in Rome next year.

Pope Francis will lead the international conversation at the Vatican. Representatives from all over the world will be invited to Rome to share their experiences and views at a meeting in October 2018.

Australians aged between 16 and 29 years are encouraged to complete the survey.

Developed by the Pastoral Research Office in collaboration with the ACU Ethics Committee, the survey can be completed online It will run for four weeks, the closing date for responses is midnight on Sunday, 2 July 2017.