Young People, You Are the Church

Theme for 2018 | Young People YOU Are the Church of Today

The Auckland Diocesan theme for  2018 is ‘Young People, You Are the Church of Today’.

Below you will find seven resources that speak to mission, discipleship, community, communication, leadership and vocation.  The resources support our preparations the the Youth Synod in October 2018 and link to our pastoral plan Fit for Mission.

If your parish, group or region would like a complimentary introduction to these resources (or a train the trainer style session where your leaders are introduced to these resources) please contact Teresa in the ACYM office ( or phone 360 3021/021 649 012).

A journey: Auckland Diocesan Youth Synod

On Sunday 22 April 2018 a Diocesan Youth Synod was held at St Peter’s College from 1-6pm.   Reports are being made on the Diocesan Youth Synod at Bishop’s Forums during May 2018.    The initial report (which includes much of what was reported on at Bishop’s Forums) can be downloaded below:

Auckland Diocesan Youth Synod – Initial Report

Within the next week or two we anticipate loading videos taken at the Synod of young people sharing their highlights of the day and their hopes and dreams for change.

Milestones in our Auckland Diocesan Youth Synod Journey

National Online Survey

Thanks to everyone who responded to the online survey that ran in 2017.   The report from that survey has been sent to Pope Francis in Rome.  You can read the report by downloading the file below:

Research Report

Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival

Thanks to all those who attended the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival.  In the final session you contributed ideas to the Taking it Home session.   Click below to see the combined notes from that sessions.

Taking it Home – last session of Festival – Auckland results

Chill with Bishop

Thanks too, to those who participated in the Chill with Bishop session in August 2017.   The collated responses from that session can be downloaded from below:

Chill with Bishop Pat – Collated responses and report

Synod Meeting on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

These resources link into the preparations for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment planned for October 2018.  For more information about this Synod go to:

Letter from Pope Francis.

Preparatory Document (including survey questions).

2017 11 – 1 Research Report for New Zealand research.

Pre-Synodal Meeting in March 2018.

Resources developed by ACYM team for leaders to use with their groups: 

Resource 1: What is Mission ?

Appendix For Resource 1: Flags










Resource 2: How do we live mission in today’s world?

Appendix For Resource 2: A3 sheet for prayer – Our mission as the Church (edit) and Cards for Humanity










Resource 3: Stepping out as a disciple

Appendix For Resource 3: Heads Up Cards and Work as Prayer









Resource 4: Belonging to Community

Appendix For Resource 4: Circles of my multicultural self