Conversations BBQ Success

Our Lady of Dolours parish in the heart of Chatswood played host to the Society’s first ever ‘Conversations BBQ’, a Valuing Youth initiative. The BBQ held on Sunday 11 June brought together the vibrant parish and their youth group, members and staff of the Society, the wider-community, focussing on connecting with those who

Our Lady of Dolours parish in the heart of Chatswood played host to the Society’s first ever ‘Conversations BBQ’, a Valuing Youth initiative.

Find out more about the Valuing Youth Initiative here

The BBQ held on Sunday 11 June brought together the vibrant parish and their youth group, members and staff of the Society, the wider community, focussing on connecting with those who speak a language other than English.

Championing this initiative is Forestville Conference member, Reg Wong, and member of the Valuing Youth New Conference Models circle. Reg was joined on the day by Broken Bay President Barry ‘the BBQ King’ Finch OAM and Acting- President for Sydney Archdiocese Kathleen Thickitt alongside a number of State Support Office staff.

The Chatswood Parish Youth Group led by Adrian Brennan and youth from the community are enthusiastic about the project and keen to be involved to form a Conference for this purpose.

Father Paul and Father Andrew are also very supportive of this new initiative. The BBQ brought together close to 200 people.

The Conference had their first Conversation club on Thursday 5th October. Reg Wong, Conference President enthusiastically tells us, “Tonight we have had our inaugural Conversations Club. It’s a very friendly atmosphere.

Please pass the message on to your friends that we have a Conversations club in Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Chatswood every Thursday night from 6:30 – 8 pm.

We welcome many new people.”

If you would like to know more about the project, please contact Reg Wong: regwong99@gmail.com or Dom Bondar: dom.bondar@vinnies.org.au

See the article about Reg and his story as featured in The Australian newspaper here

Below is a brief video of Reg sharing about the group.