150 young people start the year with the Immaculata Mission School

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150 young people start the year with the Immaculata Mission School

More than 150 young people have started 2018 by putting the focus on their faith, taking part in a 10-day Catholic mission school in Hobart.

The first major Tasmanian event for the Australia-wide Year of Youth, the Immaculata Mission School kicked off on New Year’s Day attracting young people from Tasmania and interstate.

Previously held in Launceston, Sydney and Melbourne, the mission school featured talks on topics such as the meaning of life, evangelization, the saints, and Theology of the Body, and also featured daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, activities and share groups.

The event is run annually by the Sisters of the Immaculata and lay volunteers.

Sr Mary Immanuel Blenkinsopp SI said that the mission school provided a space to ask the deeper questions about life.

“I think a lot of young people today face a challenge of being ridiculed for their faith or are being told that it’s not relevant ... the beautiful thing about the mission school is that it’s an opportunity to be safe, to be able to be actually excited about their faith,” she said.

“One of the things that most young people say they love about the mission school is the adoration and praying the rosary and praying with each other – they get so much out of it because prayer becomes something that is not merely routine or archaic, but is actually something living, something active in their life, something that actually brings about a relationship with God.”

The young people had an opportunity to put what they were learning into practice, running an outreach event called ‘Festival of Light’ which featured carnival-style activities prior to a concert with acclaimed priest and musician Fr Rob Galea.

Mission school participant Dominique Matuszek, 22, from Neika in Tasmania says that the school has strengthened her relationship with God.

“My faith has definitely grown and I’ve learnt to take it, or I’m trying to take it, from my head to my heart and not just as an obligation,” she said.

Michael Greathead, 18, travelled from Brisbane to attend.

“I’d say the biggest highlight has been the time to genuinely pray: pray from the heart with God and to really be in His presence during adoration and growing strong in my spiritual life at the start of the year … and just seeing the genuine love that 150 other young Catholics have for their faith is exciting and awesome.”