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Fr Chris RyanFr Chris Ryan MGL

Fr Christopher Ryan is a Missionaries of God's Love (MGL) priest. During 2007-2008 he was the coordinator of the pilgrimage of the World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Icon throughout Australia. After WYD Fr Chris became rector of the MGL's formation house in Melbourne. He is currently a parish priest in Sydney.

Fr Chris is the author of In the Light of the Cross: Reflections on the Australian journey of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon (St Paul's); Bring Forth Hope: Pope Francis speaks to the Youth of the World (St Mary's Press); and editor of Australian Catholic Youth Ministry: Theological and Pastoral Foundations for Faithful Ministry. Fr Chris is a member of the Australian Catholic Youth Council (ACYC) and chair of their Research Task Group. Fr Chris has an honours degree in theology and is currently working on his PhD in youth ministry.

Fr Chris will be giving a keynote address titled: The Future of Youth Ministry: From Programs to Process

Sometimes youth ministers read 'Anointed and Sent' and think that they need a program for every focus area mentioned in the national vision statement. Other youth ministers can be confused about the relationship between different focus areas such as catechesis, evangelisation and community life. The risk is that youth ministers feel they have to offer lots and lots of different events, but their programming fails to take young people on a journey that draws them into a relationship with Christ, and into participation in the life and mission of the Church. What is most needed going forward is an approach to youth ministry that integrates the different areas of Anointed and Sent so that young people are evangelised, catechised and so learn to live out their baptismal vocation to be young missionary disciples in the world today.


DebraDr Debra Sayce

Dr Debra Sayce is a Catholic educator with over 33 years of experience that includes teaching in secondary schools, tertiary institutions and in adult facilitation. She is currently the Acting Executive Director of Catholic Education in Western Australia (CEWA) seconded from her role as Director of Religious Education in CEWA. She explains her autobiography in six words: mother, wife, Catholic, migrant, educator and learner.

Her current mantra is "nemo dat quod non habet". Whilst NOT a Latin scholar, Debra firmly attests to the sentiment, you cannot give what you do not have - hence the title of the keynote: with passion, courage and competence WE can open new horizons for spreading th joy of the Gospel!

Dr Debra Sayce will be giving a keynote address titled: With passion, courage and competence we can open new horizons for spreading the joy of the Gospel (Pope Francis, 2018).

 Pope Francis' call for the young (and young at heart) to be passionate, courageous and competent is a response to his claim that we are living not in an era of change, but a change of era. Today we are called to "seek ways of expressing unchanging truths in a language which brings out their abiding newness" (EG 41). In order to do this we need to be passionate and courageous in our vocation. We also need to ensure that we are well skilled in ministering to young people to experience the joy of the Gospel. Our personal story, knowledge, understanding and participation of the Catholic faith tradition needs to be brought to the fore in order to be witnesses and animators to God's mission.


Bishop LongMost Reverend Vincent Long OFM CONV

Most Reverend Vincent Long is the fourth Bishop of Parramatta. Bishop Vincent was born in 1961 in Dong Nai in Vietnam. Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, his family have been dispersed: his mother, a brother and a sister are in Melbourne; three brothers are in Holland; a sister remains in Vietnam; and Bishop Vincent is now in Parramatta. In 1984 he became a professed Conventual Franciscan Friar (OFM Conv) and studied for the priesthood in Melbourne. After his priestly ordination he was sent to Rome for further studies and was awarded a licentiate in Christology and Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of St Bonaventure. 

He served as an assistant and then parish priest for seven years in Kellyville within the Diocese of Parramatta and for seven years in Springvale in Victoria before being elected Superior of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals in Australia in 2005. He served as Assistant General in Rome from 2008 until 2011, responsible for the Asia-Oceania section of his Order. In 2011, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in which role he served for nearly five years. Bishop Vincent is the first Vietnamese born bishop to lead a diocese outside of Vietnam and the first Vietnamese born bishop in Australia.

During that period, he was Episcopal Vicar for Justice and Peace and for Social Services and was Chair of the Catholic Education Commission (Victoria). Nationally, he serves as the Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees, Chair of Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and member of the Permanent Committee. On 16 June 2016, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv was installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. The Motto on his Coat of Arms: Duc in Altum 'Go out into the deep'.

Bishop Long will be speaking to: Welcome to the Young Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains


Gen Bryant ACYMCGenevieve Bryant

Singer Songwriter, Genevieve Bryant, is a household name to many in the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry scene. She has been composing, performing, and working with schools and parishes across Australia for over fourteen years, and performs often with Fr Rob Galea, Steve Angrisano, Gary Pinto, Steve Kirk and many others. Genevieve composed, and performed, the 2015 Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) theme song, 'Pure of Heart', and also performed as a solo act at Tauron Arena in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016.

Genevieve released her EP 'Enough for Me' at the 2017 ACYF where she teamed up with some incredibly gifted young musicians from Melbourne to form one of the newest Catholic worship bands in Australia. They debuted in front of thousands at Qudos Bank Arena and The Domain in Sydney as part of ACYF 2017, and were a support act for Matt Maher at the Sydney Showgrounds. With their love of music and authentic faith, Genevieve Bryant and her band bring a spirit of joy to every performance and look forward to the adventures God places before them in their ministry. 

Genevieve will be a special guest performing at the ACYMC Conference Dinner.  


Mark LysaghtMark Lysaght

Mark Lysaght holds the position of Associate Director of Identity &Mission at Australian Catholic University.  Mark is passionate about helping young men and women understand their faith, articulate it and live it in today's world.  He brings experience from the business world coupled with tertiary qualifications in Social Science,  Counselling and Ministry.  Mark has had over 20 years involvement in Catholic youth & young adult ministry including the role of Vocations Promotions Officer for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.  Mark is married to Nikki and they have three children: Kaiya, Xavier and Bella.

Mark is speaking on the topic: Accompaniment: Young People, Faith & Vocational Discernment.


Mark EdwardsMost Reverend Mark Edwards OMI

Bishop Mark Edwards was born in Balikpapan (Indonesia) on 14 June 1959. He obrained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Monash University in Melbourne before entering the Noviciate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Mulgrave, in 1980. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, and at the Melbourne College of Divinity. On 17 February 1984, Bishop Mark made his final religious profession. He was ordained a priest on 16 August 1986 in Melbourne.

As a priest, Bishop Mark continued his higher studies at Monash University in Melbourne, obtaining a Bachelor of Letters and a Doctorate in Philosophy. Bishop Mark was a teacher at Mazenod College in Mulrave from 1986 to 1989 and Iona College in Brisbane from 1990 to 1997.  From 1998 to 2004 he was Aspirants' Master at St Mary's Seminary in Mulgrave from 2005 to 2010. From 2007 to 2010 he was Director of Scholasics at St Mary's Seminary in Mulgrave and in 2010 he became Rector of Iona College, Brisbane. He has served as a counsellor of the Australian Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate from 2001 - 2012. On 17 December 2014, Bishop Mark was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne by Archbishop Denis Hart at St Patrick's Cathedral, East Melbourne. Bishop Mark is Episcopal Vicar for Tertiary Education and Youth.

Bishop Mark will be speaking to: Lifted Live! Gratitude  


Lana Turvey CollinsLana Turvey-Collins

In November 2017 Lana Turvey-Collins began with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference working to facilitate a three-year process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia as the Plenary 2020 Facilitator.

Lana has a wealth of experience in senior leadership, strategic planning, facilitation and stakeholder engagement.  She was seconded from Catholic Mission, where she had been leading the mission formation team and adult formation program.  Prior to her role at Catholic Missions, Lana worked as diocesan director in the Sydney Archdiocese and Broken Bay Diocese.  During 2012-13 Lana lived in Zambia, working together with the Pontifical Mission Societies and the Zambian Bishops Conference where the experience of global church, mission and faith in action were a daily encounter of love, justice and compassion.  Before joining Catholic Mission, she worked with corporate organisations and their executive teams on leadership and the infusion of vison and values into organizational culture.

Lana studied in the areas of mission, theology and Church, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s degree in International Social Development and Human Rights. She has lived and worked in Switzerland, Zambia, Peru, Timor-Leste, New Zealand and Japan. Lana is inspired by the journey of life-long learning and the fulfillment of God’s vision for the world through each person living and leading mission.

Lana will be speaking on the topic: Plenary Council 2020


Archbishop ComensoliMost Reverend Peter Comensoli

A “Wollongong boy”, Archbishop Peter was born in the Illawarra on 25 March 1964. After school, he worked for four years in the banking sector while studying Commerce at Wollongong University. Ordained in 1992 for the Diocese of Wollongong, he served as Assistant Priest and then Administrator in a number of parishes of that diocese and was Chancellor for six years before being ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in June 2011.

Archbishop Peter was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney when Pope Francis called Cardinal Pell to Rome as Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy. He held this role until Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP was appointed the new Archbishop of Sydney.

Although Archbishop Peter has undertaken extensive studies in moral theology in Australia and overseas, he also brings with him a broad range of pastoral experiences.  “Parishes are neighbourhoods of grace, not just congregations,” he said. “And I am keen to work with all our priests and people in growing our neighbourhoods of grace into bright beacons of faith, hope and love.”  Archbishop-elect Peter was installed as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay on 12 December 2014, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, under whose loving protection he has placed his ministry. On the 29 June 2018 Pope Francis announced that Archbishop Peter will be the new Archbishop of Melbourne. He was installed as the Archbishop of Melbourne on 1st August 2018.

Archbishop Peter will be speaking on: Becoming Missionary Disciples


Bernadette MilesDr Bernadette Miles BTheol, MAppSci (Organisational Dynamics), Ph.D

Bernadette trained in spiritual direction and theology after twenty years of computer consulting and business management.  She has a special interest in formation of apostolic leadership and applying the concepts of Ignatian Spirituality to Organisational Development. 

Bernadette will be speaking on the topic: Companionship of Empowerment: Self-Care in Ministry

What breathes life into your ministry? How do you know what God wants for you? What support do you have in place to help you discern your pathway in life?

Self-care in ministry is essential if we want to be effective in what we do. In this presentation we will explore ways in which you can tap into resources that offer companionship of empowerment. There are many ways you can find help to strengthen your spirit and release apostolic potential, breathing life into your sense of self and all you do.