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Day 1 - Wednesday
Wednesday 11th January

National Oblate Youth Encounter this year is running from the 11th to the 15th January. The theme is “Created in the Image and Likeness of God.”

Participants from interstate and Victoria began arriving at St Mary’s Seminary around lunchtime. Following lunch and registration we departed on the bus to Ferngully Lodge, Healesville. After the group had a chance to settle in we gathered for the Oscars-style opening ceremony, where our Masters of Ceremony, Vanessa Ashokkumar and Joshua Nash, introduced the NOYE team.
Then participants had the chance to get to know each other in their discussion groups and had the opportunity for some team bonding.

Following a delicious dinner of homemade lasagne and a few words from Fini the participants got involved in some ice-breaker activities where much fun was had!

This then led into the first presentation of the Encounter. Where Fini, along with Matt Pilcher, James Edwards and Vanessa Ashokkumar, shared their images of God and how they see God. This allowed for some very philosophical and in-depth discussion in the following group discussions.

Evening prayer enabled the group to reflect on the creation story in Genesis and to contemplate the ideas presented in a video that described God as the life-giving breath.

Supper and some light conversation ended a very successful but tiring first day. We are very excited for what is to come.

P.S. Please keep us in your prayers and feel free to email through any messages for the group and they will be read out aloud at mealtime.

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