Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne

A work of the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community

For this son of mine was dead and is now alive again!

Lk 15:24

Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne.

A week of sacraments, praise & worship, prayer, catechesis, fellowship and more.

Jan 15-22, 2023.

YMCA Lady Nortcote, Glenmore, VIC

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Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne is back from 15th to 22nd January 2023 at Lady Northcote Glenmore VIC.

It is time to reinvigorate our faith after the past couple of years and transform our lives.

Join up to 100 other Catholic young adults, fantastic speakers and witnesses in encountering the Lord in a one-week retreat of prayer, praise & worship, fellowship, learning and more! 

We usually have participants from Melbourne, regional Victoria, Adelaide, Sydney, Darwin and further beyond!

Early Bird Registrations CLOSE Soon!

Don’t Miss Out!

May the Holy Spirit

make us Alive Again!

What to expect at a Summer School?

Prayer and Sacraments

All of us seek to grow deeper in prayer. Embrace the opportunity for reconciliation and Mass daily. Encounter the profound in the Divine Office, Adoration and Charismatic Praise & Worship.

Midday Mass at Summer School Melbourne

Praise and Worship

Summer School is an unashamedly Charismatic expression of Catholic worship. As humans, we pray with our bodies, mind and spirit. Experience contemporary worship in an authentically Catholic setting like no other.

Praising the Lord with music as lay and religious members!

Cathechesis

Receive quality Catholic education that you cannot easily find elsewhere. There’s so much that is true, good and beautiful about our Catholic faith that is not well communicated! Learn about scripture, evangelisation, prayer and much more.

Young adults listening at a plenary session

Fellowship

We are not alone, and our walk is made easier by journeying with others. With extended afternoon break times and daily sharing groups, you will get to know others comfortably over the seven days and in some instance – make new friends for life!

Listening to a wonderful speaker.

Previous participants say

Summer School Director

Welcome to Summer School of Evangelisation.

Whether you are considering attending the school for the first time, or have joined us on this journey before, I am excited that you are open to God’s invitation this year. I believe that every person who attends a Summer School heads out at the end with a myriad of graces to transform their life; this year will be no exception.

Are you open to this life that God wants to share with you at Melbourne Summer School of Evangelisation 2023?

Fr Cameron Smith MGL | Director – Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne

Fr Cameron Smith MGL

From the Administrator

I’m delighted to welcome you to our upcoming Summer School of Evangelisation!

After a couple of disjointed years, we can now look forward to gathering with participants again to encounter a good and beautiful God, who has so much in store for each one of us.

Summer School is going to change your life.

It certainly changed mine.

You’re not going to spend a better 7 days this summer.

Dr Gerard William | Administrator of Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne

Dr Gerard William

Presenters

More to be announced!

What is the Summer School of Evangelisation?

Summer School of Evangelisation is a week-long live-in retreat style experience for young Catholics to enrich their personal understanding of faith, while journeying together as a Christian community.

Summer School of Evangelisation is a legacy. Every year for the last 30 years, the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community (DOJCC) have led these Schools across Australia alongside Missionaries of God’s Love (MGL) brothers, sisters and priests.

Those who have been before know Summer School to be a place where one can encounter the Lord, grow in knowledge about Catholic teaching and meet others who share a common faith.

Through plenary sessions, sharing, praise & worship, lectures and workshops, participants are taken into a deeper experience with God, and develop a vision for making positive social change and for evangelisation.

Our participants are 18 to 35 years old Catholics – some are newly discovering their faith, and others have been to several Summer Schools and are looking to enrich their spiritual lives further.

The school does a wonderful job with holding together Catholic tensions: charismatic and traditional, solitude and fellowship, objective Catholic teaching and nurturing subjective growth. Meet and learn from religious priests and brothers, sisters and lay people.

Summer School aims to equip.

During the School, participants experience significant personal growth and leave the school with greater zeal for their personal faith journeys, returning ignited with a missionary outlook for their local parishes and ministry.

Participants learn to share their newfound faith through witness and words.

If you’re new to Summer Schools, you don’t know what is about to hit you. 

But one thing’s for certain –

Summer School is going to change your life !

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Berna Toohey MGL preaching at a plenary session
Celebrate the Mass each day

Can you sponsor?

We need financial support to lower costs for participants and volunteers. 

Promote your organisation or sponsor a young adult to attend.

Change lives from a distance!

Previous Sponsors

We are grateful for the following sponsors who have supported us in previous years!

And support young adults in their Catholic faith!

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Pricing and Registrations

Super Early Bird

First In, Best Dressed
$ 525
  • 30 SPOTS ONLY!
  • Until to 21 Nov
  • 7 nights accomodation
  • 7 days worth of meals and snacks
  • All lectures, plenary sessions and night preachings
  • Access to swimming pool, games room and more
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Second In, Still Well Dressed
$ 555
  • 22 Nov to 26 Dec
  • 7 nights accomodation
  • 7 days worth of meals and snacks​
  • All lectures, plenary sessions and night preachings
  • Access to swimming pool, games room and more
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Still in it to win it
$ 595
  • 26 Dec to 9 Jan WHEN REGISTRATIONS CLOSE.
  • 7 nights accomodation
  • 7 days worth of meals and snacks​
  • All lectures, plenary sessions and night preachings
  • Access to swimming pool, games room and more
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Registration has closed for Summer School Jan 2023!

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Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne 2023 is running from Jan 15-22, 2023.

Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne 2023 will be held at YMCA Lady Northcote in Glenmore, VIC.

You must be between 18 to 35 years old to attend Summer School of Evangelisation Melbourne, unless you are in an official helping capacity.

 

There may be children on-site. However, they will be attending with their parents.

We're sorry that you'll miss out!

 

It is important that  Summer School of Evangelisation ministers to young adults.

 

Therefore, we invite you to pray for participants to encounter the Holy Spirit as you did at a previous Summer School!

 

Could you perhaps sponsor a young adult to attend? Or maybe your work or business is looking for sponsorship/advertising opportunities at Summer School? It will truly change lives.

 

If you can help, please get in touch! View our sponsorship document here.

We hope to welcome you to a future Summer School!

 

Summer School is designed to help young adults encounter the Lord in a way that deepens their faith and enables them to take action in their lives towards Christ.

 

Hence, participants may get the most out of Summer School if they are at an age of greater indepedence and are able to make life-changing decisions, such as those who have finished high school or are living indepedently.

While you do not have to be Catholic to attend, it is important for you to know that the rhythmm of each day follows our Catholic Tradition of Mass and prayers. If this appeals - you're welcome to attend!

 

And if you are not a practicing Catholic... we all come to be transformed! We do not judge anyone's journey - we just want to point young adults (ourselves included) back to Christ Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. One of the beautiful aspects of Summer School is that it is a journey between you and the Lord at your pace. This offers you something very different to what the world can offer, and what you might experience at your regular Parishes that you attend. If the Lord has placed this on your heart, then Come and See.

 

Talk to us if you want to discuss further.

 

(We do, however, have some requirements for first-time attendees. We ask that you obtain a reference letter from a Priest, Pastoral Leader or Disciples of Jesus member. The purpose of this reference is to ensure that all of our participants are capable of engaging fully with all that happens at the 7-day live-in School. The reference help us to discern whether attendance by certain persons may be inappropriate or unsuitable. We will email you the reference letter form.)

Welcome! We are so excited for you. Each of our team members vividly remembers their first Summer School experience. We have a program that eases in first-time attendees into the riches on offer at Summer School of Evangelisation! 

 

We do, however, have some requirements for first-time attendees. We ask that you obtain a reference letter from a Priest, Pastoral Leader or Disciples of Jesus member. The purpose of this reference is to ensure that all of our participants are capable of engaging fully with all that happens at the 7-day live-in school. The reference help us to discern whether attendance by certain persons may be inappropriate or unsuitable.

 

We will email you the reference letter form for return via email.

One of the things we have been conscious in planning upcoming Summer Schools is to have a program that deepens returning participants' faith, addresses some of the challenges they face in their late 20s and early 30s, and extends some of the tools required for a richer and more fruitful spiritual life.

 

We encourage you to come and see how the Lord can minister to you in a more profound way! 

To protect the integrity of our week-long Summer School structure that guides each participant towards an encounter with the Lord, we have made the decision not to accept partial registrations. 

 

Please consider structuring your plans to allow you to attend for the whole week. This is likely to be best spiritual investment you can make in yourself (and those who you love) after the last two years of lockdowns!

We have three participant rates on offer this year:

 

  • Super Early Bird
  • Early Bird
  • Full Registraiton

 

Have a look at our pricing section above to find out more.

 

All payments must be received before 9 Jan 2023. The registration fees cover all your meals, accomodation and activities (there are no additional costs except for anything you choose to purchase at the school e.g., books).

The costs of putting on a summer school are high. We're also constantly working on sponsorship for the school.

 

We encourage you to speak to your Parish Priest about sponsoring you for Summer School. We can supply you with a letter upon registration to present to them about potential parish sponsorship.

 

If you know of anyone who can sponsor you or summer school, please let us know.

Our sponsorship document can be found above.

Make sure you don't miss our Early Bird rates which just covers our costs!

 

We don't want financial barriers to prevent anyone from coming. If this applies to you, talk to us!

We will let you know once registered!

 

Broadly speaking, you will need your own bed sheets for your single bed, your bible (if you have one) and writing materials for taking notes/sketches. But we will give you more information soon!

We are constantly on the look-out for volunteers to assist us with the large undertaking that is Summer School of Evangelisation. Get in touch via email, Facebook or Instagram and we can chat more! 

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