6. Likewise, all associations cultivating the spirit of Saint Francis, especially those of young people, should be promoted and assisted spiritually. Our houses should become centres of fraternal gatherings and inspiration for all, clergy and laity, who wish to follow the footsteps of Christ under the direction of Saint Francis.
Word, liturgy and ministry together underpin the Capuchin friars approach to faith formation of young people. The desire to be generous with their own self, to change society for the better and to create fulfilling relationships is a common desire among young adults. The friars invite young people to be collaborators with them in their ministries of outreach, especially to the poor and marginalised. To serve others generously in the spirit of Jesus Christ, requires being regularly nourished in this spirit. The proclamation of the Word, through various means - theme evenings, day retreats, pilgrimages, youth festivals - continually open the hearts of the young people to the invitation of Jesus to him make a home in each one. This communion of having the same spirit leads to celebration. This communion is both established and nourished when the young people celebrate liturgy - Adoration, Benediction, Mass, prayer of the Church - with the friars. This then gives the encouragement, strength and enthusiasm to continue to serve in various ministries.
The faith formation of the young people is carried out from our various friaries in different ways:
Capuchin Young Adults, Leichhardt, Sydney
The Capuchin Young Adults arose at the request of the young volunteers engaged in the Friars' Van ministry. The volunteers were enthusiastic about the ministry, which also enjoyed meeting others who were rostered on with them for the evening. The desire was expressed for opportunities for the volunteers to meet socially and to receive some faith formation from the Capuchin friars. Thus the Capuchin Young Adults began.
The following activities are held regularly:
Sundays at the Friary
The following events normally occur, but can change according to planned activities, retreat days, parish and diocesan events and so forth. It is best to check the facebook page before coming.
The evenings have the following rhythm, and people join in as they like:
5.00pm Adoration, Evening Prayer and Benediction at St Fiacre's Church.
6.00pm Mass at St Fiacre's Church
The Friars provide ongoing Faith Formation events at the Friary for the young adults who volunteer in the outreach work in South Melbourne. This is achieved through faith formation talks, discussions, reflections and opportunities that helps strengthen the faith of the volunteers, cultivating a life of prayer and through their involvement in our “Outreach Ministry” providing them a means to express their faith through mission - “making God known, loved and served.”
Every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm there is a Holy Hour of Adoration for young adults at St Mary's Church, 20 Merivale Street, South Brisbane. Other faith formation events take place regularly. Make contact with one of the friars and find out what else is happening.