The young Church are a valuable asset—bringing fresh ideas and an enthusiasm and willingness to further the mission of the diocese. You can learn all about the the vibrant diocesan youth ministry activities currently being undertaken in our parishes and schools by Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong on our youth page.
In addition, there are a number of other groups and organisations in the diocese listed below offering fantastic activities that help our young people connect with their community and further develop them as people of faith, integrity, compassion and wisdom.
Other youth ministries
St Vincent de Paul Society Youth
Groups of young people across the diocese, living the Society's mission through helping the disadvantaged, visiting prisoners and the elderly, helping with emergency visitation and deepening their spirituality and friendships.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.