Serving the Church

CSYMA aims to serve the Church by:

1. Empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today by drawing youth to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community

2. Training staff and offering professional youth ministry formation to our young people in schools. And,

3. Providing links between school-based youth ministry programs and pathways for students to continue their evangelisation outside of the school community.


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

CSYMA has been endorsed by the Australian Church at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) ‘Commission for Mission and Faith Formation’ in 2008 as a national post World Youth Day ‘formation and mission school initiative’ for the Australian Church.

The Most Reverend Archbishop John Bathersby (Chairman, Bishops Commission for Mission and Faith Formation) confirmed the work of CSYMA in a letter of endorsement:

The Bishops Commission for Mission and Faith Formation approves CSYMA as a post WYD faith formation and mission school initiative, working alongside other faith and mission programs throughout Australia… I wish you all the best for the work of CSYMA.


Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Archbishop Christopher Prowse is the CSYMA Spiritual Advisor and has also confirmed the work of CSYMA and the CSYMA Teachers Evangelisation Network in a letter of endorsement as an “exciting expression of the New Evangelisation in Australian Catholic Secondary Schools today”. He also presented at the CSYMA National Staff Conference, 2014 in which he commented on the importance of CSYMA. Read both of these endorsements below.

Catholic Secondary School teachers have been animated in their own personal Catholic faith through this experience. They are then able to pass on to their students the joy and excitement of their rejuvenated faith through the CSYMA experience.