Tuam Diocesan Youth Council was set up in January 2008 as a result of the diocesan assembly which outlined the need for a diocesan youth team that would provide opportunities for young people to develop and nurture their faith. The Diocesan Youth Councils mission statement sums up their vision for the future:
Tuam Diocesan Youth Council is inspired by Jesus’ special love of and care for young people. It seeks to help young people to live as followers of Jesus and to take an active role in the life and ministry of our Church. Tuam Diocesan Youth Council endeavours to ensure that all young people from our diocese be offered opportunities to experience, live, explore and celebrate their faith in meaningful ways. It does this by supporting and resourcing faith centred events at diocesan and parish level.
“Your Church – Your Turn”
On June 21st, 2008 the Diocesan Youth Council held their first event in Ballintubber Abbey. A Mass and BBQ was held at 10.00 p.m. The event was very successful and a great crowd took part. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Sean Cunningham and he was assisted by Fr. Tod Nolan. Ballinrobe Folk Choir provided music to accompany the liturgy and afterwards people gathered around a bonfire and enjoyed the BBQ.
The DYC also plans to organise a walk every Christmas. Please keep and eye on local press and parish newsletters for more information closer to the time.
Committee: Cliona Feerick, Ballinrobe (Chairperson), Peter Mannion, Tuam (Assistant Chairperson), Fr. Seán Cunningham, Tuam (Secretary), Sinéad McManus, Westport, Fr. Tod Nolan, Tuam, Kevin Concannon, Knock, Kate Costello, Abbeyknockmoy, Trish O’Brien, Kilmaine, Aisling McDonagh, Athenry, Ray McGrath, Dunmore, Stephen Bushell, Corofin.