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While the early part of January in Australia usually brings with it lazy days at the beach, backyard barbecues or boating holidays on river or lake, about a hundred young people have spent this whole week in ‘school’. And this school’s been running in January for the past 30 years!
The annual Summer School for young adults (aged up to around 34) is an initiative of the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community, who work with the Missionaries of God’s Love (MGLs) in offering a week of talks, live music, seminars, prayer, praise and lectures, along with daily Mass and Adoration.
Convenor Bernadette Toohey explains that the Disciples of Jesus are a global community of young Catholics who enter into a ‘covenant’ to live together as a community of faithful. They gather frequently and regularly to pray, to renew their commitment to live Christian lives together and to draw others into the life of the Church.
And every summer, they invite fellow young people from around the country to escape the noise and distractions of the city in order to embrace a deeper faith.
L-R: Bernadette Toohey MGL and Fr David Tremble MGL.
Attendees this year at the 2018 Summer School came from all over Melbourne, as well as from South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. The camp is being held again at the Lady Northcote Recreation Camp property in Glenmore, outer Melbourne (near Bacchus Marsh).
As Bernadette says, ‘It’s a week that many of our young people tell us changed the direction of their lives.’
L-R: Fr David Tremble MGL getting ready and celebrating daily Mass and summer school participants discussing their morning seminars.
Throughout this week, speakers have included Fr Rob Galea, Dr Brendan Triffett, Fr Max Vodola, Leeanne Grima from Melbourne's Archdiocesan Office for Youth, Sr Katherine Stone and Fr Dan Serratore, anchored by MGL priests Frs David Tremble and Rembert Fernando.