Interview: Bishop Mark Edwards, on the Year of Youth

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Media and Communications Office

Bishop Mark Edwards has spent some time this week enthusing about the forthcoming Year of Youth announced by Pope Francis, and in particular the initiative of the Australian Bishops in setting up a series of Workshop Days to explore ways in which, at a grass roots level, parishes, young people, dioceses can become involved in developing compelling strategies to bring young people more and more into the Church.

Bishop Mark shared his enthusiasm and his thoughts with Media and Communications Director for the Melbourne Archdiocese, Shane Healy, looking forward in particular to the event on Saturday 21 October at Melbourne’s Catholic Leadership Centre, when parish priests, pastoral associates and parish leaders will be coming together to explore how to use the Year of Youth to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’. 

As well as headlining Year of Youth themes with Shane, Bishop Mark also spent some fascinating anecdotal time sharing the story of how he came to be appointed a Bishop and the subterfuge involved in breaking the news to him that Pope Francis was taking him from his Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Bishop Mark’s religious order) and transferring him down to Melbourne as Auxiliary Bishop. As Bishop Mark says, the Oblates “have been a huge part of who I am, from teaching me as an 11 year old to being my friends, mentors and supports today.” See the full interview below.


Hosted by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation, this workshop day will equip parishes with ideas, tools and resources, as well as launching the diocesan framework for celebrating the Year of Youth.

The workshop day is being held from 9.30am to 3.30pm on 21 October at the Catholic Leadership Centre at 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. The cost is $20 for individuals, $60 for a group of four from the same parish. Lunch is included. For further details, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Youth on 9287 5565 or

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                                                     Bishop Mark Edwards at the Cardinal Knox Centre
                                     Shane Healy interviews Bishop Mark Edwards
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