27 September 2017
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) this week announced the appointment of Dave Mullin to the role of Chair of the newly established NZCBC Council for Young People.
The Council for Young People is tasked with working with the Church and young Catholics in developing a national vision for Catholic ministry with young people, implementing national projects and working with dioceses and all faith communities in achieving this. The Council will be guided in its work by scripture, policies set by the NZCBC, in addition to consultation with Te Rūnanga o Te Hāhi Katorika to deepen bi-cultural understandings.
Dave, who is employed by the Diocese of Palmerston North as a project manager, brings many years of experience working for the Church throughout Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with a particular interest and focus on working with young people. One of his major contributions was his role as the national project manager for the Journey of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon, Days in the Dioceses and NZ pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Sydney 2008.
Bishop Steve Lowe commented that “this is an exciting step in working towards greater support for young people, their families and their faith communities. Dave has been a significant force in various projects that are foundational tools for today’s Catholic ministry with young people in Aotearoa. We’re looking forward to working with the council during a time of particular focus for the Church on young people and enabling them on their faith journey.”
There is a significant effort on the international stage by Pope Francis to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of young people around the world, in the lead up to the Synod on Young people, faith and vocational discernment in Rome, October 2018. In 2019, World Youth Day will be taking place in Panama.
The Council will hold its first meeting on 6 November 2017. Each diocese will be represented by a member on the Council – representatives will be announced prior to the meeting.
Media enquiries: Amanda Gregan, Communications Advisor, NZCBC Tel. 021 611 052 NZCBC Spokesperson: Bishop Steve Lowe Tel. (07) 856 6989.