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

To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to take part in the questionnaire which you can complete below: