Reasons for Hope Retreat

This looks good. It’s another one from the kids at VCSYA. Unfortunately, if you are over 35 you are disqualified from attending!

Reasons for Hope

Friday 25th – 27th April
“Preparing for World Youth Day”

Incorporating the Journey of the Cross and Icon! Check Out: more info.

Weekend Highlights!· Inspiring Speakers
· Journey of the Cross and Icon Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
· JCI Concert with Guy Sebastian and Paulini
· Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
· Daily Mass and Rosary
· Chance to meet other Catholics and make new friends
· Free time to relax!


Dr. Tracey Rowland is the Permanent Dean of the John Paul II Institute and graduate of Oxford University. She is widely seen as one of the foremost theologians in the world and has just published a book called Ratzinger’s Faith – The Theology of Benedict XVI. She will give a talk titled “An Introduction to Benedict XVI” .
Fr. Gregory Jordan SJ is originally a New Zealander who has spent most of his life acting as a Rector at various Jesuit schools and colleges around Australia. Fr. Jordan is also the National Chaplin to ACSA. He is renowned for his wit and erudition and for always leaving his audience wiser while cracking a few jokes on the way. Fr. Jordan will speak on “How the Church has handled the pagan world: how should we?”.
Fr. Paul Newton is the Priest-in-Charge of Sacred Heart Croydon where he supervises a youth group and over 100 pilgrims planning to go to World Youth Day. He is known as an entertaining and direct evangelist and he loves to challenge young people to live the Gospel. Fr. Paul will speak on “How to be a Catholic in a Secular World”.
Fr. Joe Pich is Assistant Priest at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne and is a priest of Opus Dei (Work of God). He is originally from Spain where he served in the army for some time before he entered the seminary. On the retreat Fr. Joe will guide a series of meditations on pilgrimage.
The Missionaries of Charity were founded by Mother Teresa in India to bring the love of Christ to the poorest of the poor. In Melbourne the MC Sisters run separate men’s and women’s homeless shelters. They will speak on “Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy”.
Br. Vincent Magat OP was born in Slovakia (Eastern Europe) but grew up in Australia where he joined the Dominican order which in Melbourne is based at St. Dominic’s Camberwell. He has spent some time working as a chaplain to secondary and tertiary students. Br. Vincent will be one of the leaders of the forum on “Masculinity and Femininity”.
Angela Conway works for the Australian Family Associaition as National Research Officer. She is interested in the interplay of economic, cultural and political forces that impact on marriage and the family. Angela will be one of the leaders of the forum on “Masculinity and Femininity”.
Tim Davis works for the Melbourne Days in the Diocese Office. He has worked for many years in Youth Ministry mainly with the Marist Brothers. In his spare time he loves to surf and hike. Tim will speak about World Youth Day and some exciting opportunities to volunteer for Days in the Diocese.
ALSO: Br. Dean Mathieson OFM Cap, Br. Ben Johnson OFM Cap and Conor Sweeney, a top student of the JPII institute Conor will be one of the leaders of the forum on “Masculinity and Femininity”.

What is “Reasons for Hope”?
RFH Melbourne is the annual retreat of the Victorian Catholic Students and Young Adults (18-35), a group that provides spiritual and intellectual formation for, you guessed it, students and young adults! This year Reasons for Hope provides a fantastic opportunity to continue your spiritual preparation for life in general and especially if you are going to Sydney World Youth Day, the biggest youth event in the world.
Where is it held?
This year, RFH wll be held at the Edmund Rice Centre Amberley, Amberley Way, Lower Plenty (see website for map)
Contact Infomation
Matt Restall – 0407 883 494 (
Lucy Righetti – 0433 981 789 (

You can register online at
$20 day pass for Friday/Sunday ($30 Saturday)

Enquiries to:
Matt Restall – 0407 883 494 ( Lucy Righetti – 0433 981 789 (

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