Presenters & Performers

The ACYF highlights top Australian Catholic presenters and performers supported by international guests. We would like to announce the following presenters and performers for  ACYF19. More presenters and performers are to come.

Katie Prejean McGrady

International Guest

Since 2007, Katie has been travelling around North America speaking to audiences of all ages on everything from the Eucharist, pursuing a relationship with Jesus, models and methods of evangelisation, and the best shows to watch on Netflix. Audiences are often challenged and excited by her talks because her presentation style is filled with humour, substantive teachings, engaging stories, and a message of encouragement as people set out to meet and fall in love with Christ and the Church.

Joe Melendrez

International Guest

Joe Melendrez has been called one of America’s most exciting Catholic performers. At age 15 he appeared on MTV and later, after a youth retreat, decided to dedicate his life to sharing the Good News. Joe’s high energy performance has taken him to Europe, Africa, Australia, South America and all across the USA. He has his own faith-based clothing line (God Swagg Apparel) and has released four studio albums, including his latest: CHOSEN, which is now streaming worldwide. Joe is a husband and father, as well as a natural MC, a dynamic musical performer, an inspiring speaker, and an expert retreat leader.

Fr Rob Galea

Special Guest

Australia’s own and festival favourite, Fr Rob Galea, returns to share his heart and passion at ACYF19 in Perth. Maltese-born Fr Rob is an ordained Catholic Priest currently serving in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Victoria. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base; founder of FRG Ministry; and has recorded with numerous renowned artists. Speaking and singing at schools, conferences and churches around Australia and the world, Fr Rob is most passionate about drawing others to the heart of God. You will find Fr Rob lighting up the stage at the plenaries during ACYF19.

Grace Forrest

Walk Free Foundation

Grace is a founding director of the Walk Free Foundation, an international human rights group with an objective to end modern slavery. Grace has spent extensive time on the ground working with survivors and documenting slavery conditions throughout South East Asia and The Middle East, with a current focus on refugee communities.  Grace is also a representative on the Freedom Fund counsel of advocates, is a director of the Minderoo Foundation, and recently joined the board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. In 2018, Grace was awarded Nomi Network’s Abolitionist  award and GQ Australia’s Humanitarian Award for her work to end modern slavery, was named The United Nations Association of Australia’s Goodwill Ambassador for Anti-Slavery and was appointed as one of ten global leaders to One Young World’s Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence initiative, which will work to create tangible change in preventing sexual and gender-based violence worldwide.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB

Archbishop Costelloe was installed as Archbishop of Perth in March 2012 having previously been an Auxiliary Bishop in Melbourne for five years. A Salesian of Don Bosco, Archbishop Costelloe has a commitment to young people and their faith formation. Archbishop Costelloe is the Chairperson of the Commission and President of the Australian Bishops Plenary Council.

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE

Bishop Columba made his Solemn Profession in the Order of St Paul the Hermit in 1996 and after being ordained a priest the following year he has served as parish priest, police chaplain and Provincial Vicar of the Pauline Fathers for Australia. He was ordained Bishop of Wilcannia Forbes on July 2014 Bishop Columba is also the chairperson of the Australian Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Thérèse Nichols

Founder of One Plate

On a four week trip to Manila in 2015, Thérèse witnessed the plight of Manila’s street children and felt compelled to do something about it. Inspired by her faith, Australia’s vibrant food culture and a desire to help children in great need, Thérèse co-founded One Plate on her return to Melbourne. One Plate is an Australian charity and social enterprise that partners with restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to help fund sustainable food projects in developing countries. Living out God’s will for her life and doing His work in the world is what continues to drive Thérèse in this endeavour and in all aspects of her life.


Mario Borg

24:7 Youth Ministry

Based in Perth, Mario is the Founder and Director of 24:7 Youth Ministry and Lecturer at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation. 24:7 Youth Ministry is an outreach of the Perth branch of the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community and exists to reach and equip young people to live for God, full on, full time, all the time. 24:7 Youth Ministry coordinates a number of parish and school-based youth groups, forms qualified and experienced Youth Ministers and provides specialised programmes in its school ministry. Mario brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of Youth Ministry and Leadership.

Sabrina-Ann Stevens

NATSICC Youth Councillor

Sabrina-Ann Stevens lives in far North Queensland and identifies as a young, Catholic, Aboriginal woman of Yidinji and Kuku Yalanji decent. She has been heavily involved in Youth Ministry and Youth Leadership roles within the Church for a number of years. Sabrina is the National Youth Councillor for NATSICC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council) and is a strong and passionate advocate for young Indigenous Catholics.

Dr Dan Fleming


Dr Dan Fleming is the Groups Manager – Ethics and Formation with St. Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA).  Dan has held teaching and leadership positions in the areas of theology and ethics at a number of tertiary education institutions across his career. His doctoral thesis combined research in the area of continental philosophy, ethics and moral theology in order to propose a framework for ethical decision making which emphasises attentiveness to vulnerability. Dan has spoken to a wide range of audiences across the country on some of the most considerable ethical dilemmas our contemporary society grapples with.     


Hosting Partners

Festival Director: Mr Malcolm Hart

Festival Coordinator: Mrs Renee Bennett