Sunday, August 11, 2013

L'Arche Brisbane at Youth Expo

L'Arche Brisbane had a stall at the Youth  Expo held at the Cathedral of St Stephen on Sunday August 11.

The expo included reps from Rosies • Emmanuel Community St Vincent De Paul Youth Team • Order of Malta • Younger Christian MeditatorsVerbum Dei MissionariesHoly Spirit Sisters • Canossa SistersL’Arche BrisbaneSisters of Nazareth Newman SocietySisters of St Paul De Chartres • Youth and Children Ministry • NET • Project HatchMarriage Encounter • St. Isidore Cyber Parish • Vocation office • St Stephen's Young Adults Ministry • Passionist Team • Act1v8 • Catholic Charismatic Renewal

The expo provided a golden opportunity to:announce" L'Arche to an audience who had little or no awareness of our community.The most surprising discovery was to meet staff of the Vocations Office in the Archdiocese who had never heard of L'Arche. Those who knew of L'Arche or Jean Vanier were members of religious orders who had European connections and one man who had spent a  couple of weeks living with L'Arche Sydney.

There is quite a lesson for us in this experience. One is that we need to get out to as many religious events as possible to share the work and news of our community. We also need to invite people to our events but also be a presence at other groups who may have an interest in our life and community.

Staffing an expo stall can be a bit tiring if you don't have a lot of visitors, However at at this one we had a n international visitor who was introduced to everyone.

I took the opportunity to have a pic taken with a sign: "L'Arche Brisbane  Rocks". he seemed pretty cool and happy to  send out a wave to the L'Arche Family.

You can download the info powerpoint I used at the stall from this link. 

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