Local presenters to speak at national Evangelise conference

By the National Centre for Evangelisation, 12 October 2022
A composite image of Qwayne Guevara (left), Manager, Catholic Youth Parramatta and Sr Grace Roclawska CSFN from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Image: Diocese of Parramatta


The upcoming ‘Evangelise’ conference will feature two keynote speakers from the Diocese of Parramatta, Qwayne Guevara and Sr Grace Roclawska CSFN.

Hosted by the Australian Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry, the national, online conference commences on October 20 and concludes on October 22.

The conference will promote understanding and explore practices of evangelisation in Australia through encounters with Christ, formation in discipleship, and mission in the world. It seeks to empower Catholics to carry forward the Church’s evangelising mission after the second assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

Ms Guevara, the manager of Catholic Youth Parramatta will speak on the topic of ‘Youth ministry post-COVID’ on Friday, October 21.

The presentation will explore how, after two years of lockdowns, young people are experiencing the effects of uncertainty and isolation. Ms Guevara will discuss what ‘community’ looks like in today’s landscape, and how it impacts the way we invite young people to view and engage with faith, life, and the Church.

Ms Guevara has a background in law, but after experiencing a profound encounter of God at World Youth Day in 2016, she pursued a call to ministry at a local level. She is passionate about building community and has experience creating opportunities where young people are welcomed to foster authentic friendships, realise their gifts for mission and service, and encounter Christ in their daily lives.

Ms Guevara’s keynote session will take place at 7.10pm AEDT on October 21, during the second day of the three-day conference.

Sr Grace Roclawska CSFN, who is part of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, will address the topic, ‘Relationship is the key – evangelisation starts with me’.

The session will offer some practical tools to assess where we are on our personal journey with God and how we can build the meaningful relationships with others which will make us passionate about our faith and create life-giving communities.

Sr Grace will discuss the importance of developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ by understanding the power and the depth of our relationship with God and one another.

Born in Poland, Sr Grace arrived in Australia in 2004 and has since been engaged in ministries to families in the field of childcare and aged care. In 2009, Sr Grace moved into pastoral work as Youth Minister and Sacramental Coordinator in the Diocese of Parramatta. She was recently a member of the Executive Committee for the Plenary Council in Australia.

Sr Grace’s keynote session will be held on Friday, October 21, commencing at 11am AEDT.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit www.evangelisation.catholic.org.au. Registrations for individuals cost $25, while parishes, communities and organisations can register as a group for $100, providing five separate registrations to the conference.

With thanks to the National Centre for Evangelisation.


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