Nearly 200 young people from Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney gathered at Dominic College in Tasmania for OzBosco 2014 from 4th to 6th April. It was an event filled with joy, optimism, love and friendship.
The theme for OzBosco 2014 “Choose Love and Serve God” was echoed amongst the participants throughout the weekend.
On Saturday morning, the first lay principal of Dominic College, Mrs Beth Gilligan, gave a keynote speech on Michael Megone. Like the interaction between Don Bosco and Michael Megone, Beth encouraged the young to go for an extra mile to help fellow young people who are in need. A special guest, Archbishop Julian Porteous visited and joined in for morning tea on Saturday morning.
A sight-seeing trip to Salamanca Market in Hobart was a relaxing and fun time for the participants on Saturday afternoon mingling with the locals. Saturday evening was dedicated to workshops, trivia, music and prayer.
The Vocations Animator, Fr Peter Monaghan SDB, presented a keynote speech on Sunday morning. Fr Peter spoke about different vocations in life and invited the young to think about what they were going to be like in ten years’ time.
OzBosco 2014 was concluded with a liturgically rich Mass organized by Sr Rochelle Lamb FMA, celebrated by Fr Frank Bertagnolli, concelebrated by many Salesian priests, and assisted by two deacons.
At the conclusion, all participants were thrilled to have received a personal video message from the newly elected Rector Major, Fr Angel Artime SDB, from Rome.
It was another successful and fun-filled OzBosco organized by the Australian Salesian Youth Mentors. All participants were invited to the next OzBosco at Salesian College Rupertswood in 2015.
All Salesians around the world will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of St. Jon Bosco in 2015.