Proclaiming the Gospel with joy

We're excited to have a range of keynote speakers, workshop presenters and musicians as we explore how the Gospel can come alive in our communities.

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Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

OPENING ADDRESS

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli is the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. In 2021, the Archbishop invited the people of God in Melbourne to a journey of discernment, to find new and renewed ways to proclaim the joy of the Gospel in today’s world: The Way of the Gospel – the path of missionary discipleship – has always been adapted by every generation to fit the local circumstances. As Pope Francis has been reminding us, we must be open to change if renewal is to be possible. As the disciples gathered on that first Pentecost, might we now start this journey in prayer – together. Let us open ourselves to Christ Jesus with a new depth of trust and conviction in his guiding hand, so that we may discern our journey with compassionate and humble hearts and come to know the Spirit moving within and amongst us, and so be transformed!’

Keynote Fr Rob Galea

Fr Rob Galea

HOLY HOUR / PRAISE & PRAYER

Fr Rob Galea has a heart and a passion to see others come to encounter the love of Jesus Christ and find a home in his Church. Fr Rob is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Victoria, after moving to Australia from his home country of Malta. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences. He and his team currently minister to over 400,000 young people each year, carrying Christ’s message of hope and relationship with Jesus to all they encounter.

Workshops Karen

Karen Doyle

KEYNOTE / WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Karen Doyle is a professionally trained Catholic coach, entrepreneur, business woman, speaker and author. She is the founder of The Genius Project: An initiative for Catholic women designed to support and resource them toward growth. She is the founder of Sisterhood, Australia’s national Catholic women’s movement, and co-founder of Choicez Media with her husband, Jonathan. Choicez a leading provider of value’s and faith-based puberty, sex and relationships education seminars and resources. Karen completed post-graduate study at the Pontifical Institute In Theology in Marriage and family studies. She is a registered nurse and qualified family life educator. She has been married for 23 years and has three teenage children.

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Kym Keady

KEYNOTE / WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Kym Keady is the Director of Ignite Youth and a senior leader of the Emmanuel Community in Brisbane. She has 30 years ministry experience working in a variety of settings, from youth ministry to pastoral care, event planning, leadership formation, women’s ministry and community building. As a counsellor, speaker, theology student, wife, mum and Nana, Kym is passionate about communicating the gospel in authentic and relevant ways especially to young people, which is what inspired her to found Real Talk Australia. Kym’s driving value is her family, which fuels her ongoing passion to renew the Church for future generations.

Workshops Ron

Ron Huntley

KEYNOTE / WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Based in Canada, Ron Huntley works internationally with church leaders to achieve fruitful parish missionary renewal. He is driven by a deep love for Christ, people and the Catholic Church. A speaker, author and podcast host, Ron’s primary passion is coaching parish priests and their teams to lead parishes that transform lives. Hear Ron speak of how parishes are making disciples and transforming lives around the world, through reliance on the Holy Spirit and great leadership principles.

Nigel Zimmermann Speaker

Dr Nigel Zimmermann

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr Nigel Zimmermann is a Catholic pilgrim, married with a young family. Nigel is Director Catholic Mission & Identity at Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools. He served as Principal Advisor to the Archbishop of Melbourne, has taught theology and held roles in policy, support and advocacy for church and faith based organisations, including Broken Bay and Sydney. Nigel is a Senior Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Notre Dame Australia and Senior Fellow with Australian Catholic University. Nigel’s most recent book is a co-edited collection titled Faith and Reason: Vistas and Horizons (Wipf & Stock, 2021), and has written on contemporary challenges facing the Church, theology, philosophy and bioethics.

Workshops Edwin

Edwin Bakker

WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Edwin Bakker is a dedicated leader with 25-years experience in the formation of young people. Edwin currently serves as the Marist Youth Ministry National Coordinator, developing and implementing faith and leadership programs for Marist Schools Australia. He has consistently demonstrated a passion for shaping future leaders and fostering personal and professional growth. Edwin’s international experience, authenticity and his commitment to young people and education, make him a valuable asset in the realm of engaging young people on their faith journey.

Emma Bakker

Emma Bakker

WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Emma has a wealth of experience designing and delivering discipleship-based programs with young people and families for over 20 years. Emma is a team member of Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne as the Youth Discipleship Specialist. Emma specialises in supporting parishes and movements, families and young people in developing their skills as leaders and making disciples in their communities.

Jacqui Giuliano 2023 Presenter

Jacqui Giuliano

WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Jacqui is the Parish Animation Consultant for the Southern Region, working in Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Bringing extensive experience both in the parish setting, as a connected parishioner and valued colleague in the Archdiocese over the past 8 years, Jacqui brings extensive knowledge, joyous passion and a heart for priests and their people on mission.

Workshops Steve

Steve Lawrence

WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Drawing from compelling anecdotes of life as a director of an international school of mission in Rome, his years as enthusiastic educator in the classroom, seasoned world traveller, as well as his adolescent experience in a broken family, Steve humorously and intelligently weaves together inspiring stories of heroism and hope that help teachers to best communicate their mission and purpose at school. Steve Lawrence is a former AFL Premiership player and directed Australia’s largest ever event, World Youth Day 2008. He is a father of six, addresses vital questions facing faith educators today.

Silvana Scarfe Presenter

Silvana Scarfe

WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Silvana Scarfe works as Discipleship Specialist forming and mentoring young adult leaders in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to live as disciples so as to disciple others. She holds degrees in Liberal Arts from Campion College, Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute of Marriage and the Family, and Canonical Practice from St Paul University, Ottawa. She has experience in Life Coaching, as well as a CliftonStrengths and APEST coach. Her interests lie in helping others discover their identity as children of God in the context of mission and ministry.

Gen Bryant

Gen Bryant

MUSICIAN

Gen is an independent musician, composer, public speaker, and team builder, who has been involved in school and parish ministry across Australia for over 18 years. Gen is passionate about spreading the Gospel to young people and provides interactive and engaging sessions while sharing her music and faith journey with people of all ages and all walks of life. Gen has recently performed with The GB Team’ in front of 1 million pilgrims at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Gen Bryant will lead music on Friday.

Presenters

Joe Melhem

MUSICIAN

Joe will lead music on Saturday.

Presenters

Kyle Correya

MUSICIAN

Kyle will lead music on Saturday.