The Reasons for Hope weekend 2007 -
April 13 – 15, 2007
Vision Valley Conference and Recreation Centre
Arcadia Sydney NSW
7 Vision Valley Road Arcadia
Reasons for hope is a chance for young people
(aged 15-35) to learn more about God in a relaxed
and friendly atmosphere.
Names of guest
speakers topics and the timetable can be found here: Weekend Schedule 2007.
Vision Valley is in
the north western suburbs of
Sydney but is so quiet and picturesque you feel as though you are a
thousand miles away from the
hustle bustle of the city.
During the weekend there will be plenty of free time to take advantage of
the amazing facilities which include: horse riding, beach volleyball,
touch footy and more. Eucharistic adoration will be held for the entire
The weekend includes time for prayer (both communal and private), sport,
talks, entertainment and the chance to enjoy great company.
Weekend Prinicpal Speakers
Bishop Julian Porteous is an auxiliary Bishop of Sydney & rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd. He is very popular with young people and actively engaged with youth. He is the Chair of the World Youth Day Sydney Archdiocesan Committee.
Fr Mark de Battista is a young enthusiastic priest who has just returned from the USA having spent three years working as the national Chaplain to FOCUS – the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. He is currently assistant priest in Camden parish & Chaplain to the Australian Catholic Students Association’s (ACSA) WYD “Towards 2008” committee.
Cathy Dennis is a former student of the well known bible scholar, Dr Scott Hahn. She has studied a Masters of Theology and Christian Ministry at the Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio and is currently working as a secondary school teacher.
Mary-Clare Meney is a spontaneous and gripping speaker and is a founding member of the National Association for Catholic Families. An inspiration to others, she is the mother of nine children and also runs a small home business.
Frank and Virginia Monagle are co-founders of the Pared schools in NSW and have been happily married for 30 Years. Frank is the Headmaster of Wollemi College in Western Sydney. Virginia is an occasional journalist for various Sydney newspapers.
Fr John Flader is a very moving speaker and an insightful priest. He is the Director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre, Archdiocese of Sydney.
Anthony McCarthy is a gifted speaker who will make you feel right at home in his role as MC at the weekend. A brilliant organiser and promoter of Catholic events, he has now turned his hand to corporate life running his own marketing consulting company.
Martin Fitzgerald is a school teacher with a passion for history, culture, philosophy and coaching rugby. He has studied Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
Andrew Wood is one of the many young people to speak at the “Reasons for Hope” weekend. He is the Convenor of the Macquarie Uni Catholic Chaplaincy. His particular interests include St Thomas Aquinas & the Sydney City Roosters.
Matt Woodbury is married with a young family. He works as a project manager in Sydney and is part of the reasons for hope organising committee.
What others have said about Reasons for Hope:
"I found the weekend to be fun and informative but also relaxing and
"It was a great chance to meet other young Catholics. It was also an
opportunity to learn and deepen my Faith. I got some good practical
ideas and I had a great time."
Reasons for Hope is organised by young people from all over Sydney.
Our sincere thanks go to: Next Generation, Sydney University Society of
Saint Peter, Sydney University Catholic Chaplaincy, Catholic Adult
Education Centre, St Thomas More Society, Catholic Youth Services, Catch
Up, Brothers of St Francis & the Tyburn Sisters.