We believe in...
A relationship, not a programme.
We believe accompaniment is at the heart of discipleship formation: “The ‘art of accompaniment’ teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other” (Evangelii Gaudium 169). As a process, theASCENT aims to be forming disciples for the long haul through immersion, input, apprenticeship and activation.
Parents as the primary educators in the faith.
We believe in parents as the "primary educators in the faith". We, therefore, see our role to encourage and compliment them in their own discipleship of their children.
Baptism in the Spirit and developing prayer lives.
“We believe that Baptism in the Holy Spirit authenticates and revitalises our baptism” Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household. We aim to build on the experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit through developing the sacramental and personal prayer lives in our young people so that it might be both consistent and life-long.
Mission that has a local impact.
We believe that theASCENT exists to empower the local church by fostering vocation and encouraging young people to be directly involved in their parishes and local pastoral initiatives.
Collaboration amongst ministries.
We believe that a variety of groups, organisations and ministries working together can provide some of the most holistic formation possible. We seek to be ecumenical with a Catholic heart.
Honouring the grace in the place.
We believe that what we bring is unique, but that it must always compliment the core charism of the community that we are collaborating with.