Bishop Peter is pleased to announce that Loretta Brinkman has been appointed to the position of Youth & Young Adult Coordinator for the Diocese of Wollongong. Some of you may know Loretta from her previous work in our diocese as the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator for the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Please find attached some information on Loretta. Loretta will be starting work in this role in early February 2009. There will be a commissioning for Loretta at the Diocesan Mass on the beach on this Saturday 6 December at 5.30pm at North Beach, Wollongong. Come along to the Mass and meet Loretta, and join us for fish and chips on the beach after Mass.
Loretta lived in the Wollongong diocese for over twenty years before moving to Melbourne. She attended John Therry Catholic High School and then graduated from the University of Western Sydney (Macarthur) with a Bachelor of Arts. As a parishioner of Mary Immaculate Parish, Eagle Vale, she was involved in various ministries including Youth Ministry, a term on the inaugural Parish Pastoral Council and President of the Liturgy Committee. Loretta also travelled to three World Youth Day's (1997, 2000 and 2002) as part of Wollongong pilgrimage groups and was a member of the Diocesan Vocations Advisory Group.
After joining the St Vincent de Paul Society at high school, Loretta continued as a volunteer for many years, taking up a number of youth leadership roles culminating in being appointed as the NSW/ACT State Youth Representative. Following on from her volunteer involvement Loretta worked as the St Vincent de Paul Society's Youth and Young Adult Co-ordinator in the Diocese of Wollongong for over eight years before taking up a position as a Learning Facilitator for the Society's NSW/ACT Learning Services Department.
In 2006 Loretta moved to Melbourne to take up a position working for the Australian Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This role was an opportunity for her to continue her work as a founding member of the national Oblate Youth Australia community, working as Project Officer for the International Oblate Youth Encounter (a pre-World Youth Day event) and as the Coordinator of Rosies Oblate Youth Mission.
Loretta has a firm belief that young people have a vital and unique role to play in our church, a role that they excel at when given the support and respect they deserve. Loretta is looking forward to coming home and is keen to meet and work with the young and the young at heart throughout the diocese.