Steve Angrisano

Steve Angrisano is one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. People of all ages embrace the passionate message of faith woven throughout his music and storytelling. A veteran musician, composer and youth minister, he’s performed at six World Youth Days,the Australian Catholic Youth Festivals in Melbourne (2013) and Adelaide (2015), and many other national and international events.

Steve burst onto the contemporary Catholic music scene in 1998 with Make a Difference, his first album. Co-written with Tom Tomaszek, the collection features the iconic “Go, Make a Difference” and the popular Mass of a Joyful Heart. More than seven collections later, including Welcome Home, A New Day and his latest release, Leading Us Home, Steve shows no signs of slowing down. In 2007 he released Live: Songs from the Road, a spine-tingling live-performance CD, and a companion songbook/guide titled Essential Songs: A Road-Tested Resource for Youth Ministry. Many of his songs have entered the mainstream worship repertoire, including “Psalm 63: My Soul Is Thirsting,” “Emmanuel,” and “Sweet Redeemer.”

Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve’s ministry has grown out of who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ. This makes him a popular choice for youth rallies, retreats, concerts, parish missions and faith formation workshops.
A long-time resident of the Denver, Colorado area, Steve and his family now call Coppell, Texas home. 

We’re delighted to welcome Steve ‘Downunder’ to Marist Youth Festival 2017!

Learn more about Steve at his website here


Lucas Patchett & Nicholas Marchesi
Co Founders, Orange Sky Laundry

In October 2014, two best mates, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marches had a crazy idea of putting two washing machines and two dryers in the back of an old van, and visiting parks and drop-in centres to wash and dry clothes for free. Orange Sky Laundry was born - a world - first, free mobile laundry for the homeless.

On a mission to improve the hygiene standards of the homeless, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant the power of conversation. Orange Sky Laundry now aims to positively connect the community and improve the lives of others.  

See their website here


Jessica Allampi

Ever since she was, a child Jessica was always looking for ways to help others. Growing up on the family farm, there was always work to do and her hard work ethic has led Jessica to jump at many exciting adventures over the years. From delving into the crazy world of teaching at Notre Dame Marist/Mercy College in Shepparton, Victoria, to voluntary Marist mission trips to Vietnam, Argentina and Italy, as well as Immersion Trips to Fiji, the Philippines and East Timor.

In her home town of Shepparton she has been able to assist in the setup of a Community Kitchen (soupvan), organised a Diocesan Sleepout as leader of the Mercy Seeds of Justice Group and continues to promote the awareness of refugees through her school connections. The backbone to all of this work has been her faith journey, which has had its twists and turns over the years but has always provided the strength that she needs to keep working for the benefit of our community at large.

Jessica is keen to share with you all the lessons she has learned over the years and hopes to inspire many young people to be agents of change. Jessica is currently in her fourth year working as a Youth Ministry Leader at St Brendan’s Parish in Shepparton while teaching at Notre Dame College.


Brother Tony Leon FMS

Having been trained as a Visual Arts and Religious Education teacher, I had the privilege and joy of teaching Primary and Secondary schools in Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle. In 2001, I was appointed to look after youths at risk in the Champagnat House project at Eastwood, a very fulfilling role.

Another highlight of my religious life was Vocation and Youth Ministry (2007-2012) where I had the opportunity to visit many students and staff of Australian Marist schools.

Today, I work in the Marist Brothers General House in Rome, in the areas of Vocation and Formation of the brothers of the Institute. My passion is for creativity, especially in the Creative Arts and how it can be used to engage people in presentations and education. I also like Spicy food and Pale Ale which contributes to my attempt at creativity!

I'm looking forward to joining you back in Australia for MYF17!