Mercy stories from World Youth Day
During the recent World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney, over 1,000 students and staff from Mercy schools around Australia and the world gathered for a one-day conference at Monte Sant’ Angelo College in North Sydney.
Photo: Pilgrims from the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy who attended Mercy World Youth Day in Sydney.
Photo credit: Ms Andrea Luscombe, courtesy of Sister Mary Moloney RSM, Principal, Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy.
The conference, held on Monday July 14, included a special programme of workshops for students and staff and featured four keynote speakers: Briannon Stevens, Melanie Hogan, Louise Campbell and Richard Campbell.
Both former Mercy students, Briannon and Melanie are forging a path as social justice advocates in their own distinctive ways. Briannon is currently working in Brisbane on the Micah Homelessness Project, while Melanie is the director of the award-winning film Kanyini, which explores the story of Indigenous Australia through the eyes of Uncle Bob Randall, an elder of the Yankunytjatjara people, one of the traditional owners of Uluru, and a member of the Stolen Generation.
Those gathered at North Sydney were also privileged to hear from Indigenous siblings Louise Campbell and Richard Campbell. Both members of the Stolen Generation, Louise and Richard have a great ability to share their Aboriginal culture and spirituality through story and art.
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WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Over the next few editions of Mercy M@tters we hope to publish stories about World Youth Day Sydney from a Mercy perspective. If you would like to share your experience of the event, please send a brief reflection to your Local Communications Facilitator or, in this instance, email it directly to us at Mercy M@tters.