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Catholic Singles Conference

September 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - September 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm


Catholic Youth Services and the Life, Marriage and Family Centre of the Archdiocese of Sydney are excited to be hosting the first Catholic Singles Conference to be held from 16 to 18 September 2016 in North Sydney.

The Catholic Singles Conference is all about giving single Catholics the opportunity to meet other like-minded singles, share their Faith and be encouraged. The Catholic Singles Conference will provide a range of social opportunities, but it is not primarily about finding a relationship; there will be a range of prayer opportunities, but it is not primarily a spiritual retreat. The hope behind the Catholic Singles Conference is to encourage attendees to live their singleness well and to become happier and holier people according to their current state in life. In a mix of keynote addresses, men/women sessions and workshops the Conference will discuss themes such as;

  • Where is God in my singleness
  • Spiritual motherhood and fatherhood
  • Dating and chastity
  • The importance of friendship
  • Pornography and Lust
  • The Feminine Genius
  • Practical Living as a Single

The Catholic Singles Conference will feature two international keynote speakers flying out especially for this event. Fr Thomas Loya is the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, Illinois and is a popular conference speaker on a range of faith topics. Mary Beth Bonacci is the author of the books, “We’re on a Mission from God” and “Real Love”, and has addressed thousands of young adults on issues of sexuality and the Theology of the Body. Both have presented on previous occasions at previous Catholic Singles Conferences that have been held in the USA.

Prayer will be incorporated throughout the Conference. Mass will be celebrated at the beautiful St Mary Mackillop Memorial Chapel where the tomb of St Mary of the Cross is located. Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Adoration will also be included.

Luna Park's Crystal Ballroom

And of course there will be plenty of social opportunities to provide inspiration and fun! Conference registration includes an evening cocktail reception on Friday night and on Saturday night, a formal three course dinner and 1950’s dance – lessons included – to be held in the Crystal Ballroom of Luna Park overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The Conference will be held in the Peter Cosgrove Centre located on Level 22 of Tenison Woods House on the campus of the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney. Newly completed, The Peter Cosgrove Centre is a state of the art function centre offering views of the Harbour and across Sydney. The Centre itself is a short 600 metre walk from North Sydney Train Station. Street parking is also available.

For those who wish to stay locally during the conference there are a range of accommodation options in North Sydney and the Sydney CBD.

Registration for the Catholic Single Conference includes all talks and events with meals from Friday evening until Sunday Brunch (breakfast excluded). During the online registration process there will also be the opportunity to express interest in the pre and post conference events. The pre-conference event will be the popular ‘Dating and Degustation’ evening to be held on Thursday 15 September, and the post-conference event will be a Harbour Cruise in the afternoon of the Sunday following the close of the conference. Both the pre and post conference events are not included as part of the registration cost and are dependent on sufficient interest being expressed.

We warmly invite all single Catholics to join us as we host what is bound to be a very exciting weekend. Please extend this invitation to any single men and women you know. We encourage early registrations as seats are limited and we expect places to sell out quickly. Click HERE to visit the dedicated page with full details.


September 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
September 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm


Peter Cosgrove Centre


Catholic Youth Services
(02) 9764 4357
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