Patrick Barrett, of Lismore, will be confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI when the Pontiff visits Sydney for World Youth Day.
Patrick Barrett, of Lismore, will be confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI when the Pontiff visits Sydney for World Youth Day. The Northern Star

Lismore man to meet Pope in Sydney

"JESUS is my homeboy."

It might just be a catchy phrase on a T-shirt, but to young Lismore Catholic Patrick Barrett it shows his commitment to his Lord.

The 22-year-old will be one of only 14 young Australians to be confirmed by the Pope at a World Youth Day event in Sydney in a couple of weeks.

Mr Barrett has been planning his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day since the start of the year, but only found out a few weeks ago that he would be confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI on his Australian visit.

"It is the icing on the cake," Mr Barrett said.

The part-time chef, originally from New Zealand, recently found his faith again after tragically losing his father and older brother in the last few years.

"The death of my brother woke me up to what my parents had taught me all along," Mr Barrett said.

"I needed to take care of my soul and my spirit.

"I was raised as a Catholic and I never really left, but being confirmed is my final commitment.

"It is my last sacrament as a Catholic - a final bond between me and Jesus that says I will obey the commandments and live by God's word."

Mr Barrett said he felt honoured to be one of the chosen few to be confirmed by the Pope. He was nominated for confirmation by Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett.

"Being confirmed by the Pope will be one of the biggest things that will ever happen to me in my life," Mr Barrett said.

"I'm going from being a child who went to church, to a man who goes to church."

Mr Barrett said that he already had an idea of what God wanted him to do with his life.

"I feel like I need to do something for somebody else, so I'm thinking of doing some missionary work," he said.

"I'm hoping to go overseas at the end of the year to do some missionary work. It is about time I gave something back to the world."

Mr Barrett's confirmation name will be Michael, which was his brother's Christian name.


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