Structure: How is MAYO organised?

Submitted by rjzaar on July 2, 2015 - 3:34am

MAYO is a developing organisation. Ultimately it will be run by students for students. Whoever is the Oblate youth chaplain in Australia has overall pastoral care for MAYO. MAYO is modeled on St. Eugene's original youth group. MAYO is a means to growing in Christ and does not seek to serve itself. Therefore it primarily promotes membership levels. All MAYO membership is an invitation and not an expectation, ie no matter what committment someone takes in MAYO the member can leave MAYO any time they like - there is no expectation. A committee runs MAYO which is made up of senior MAYO members and others running groups or projects. 


MAYO decided to use Greek letters since there we couldn't come up with something else, but it seems to fit quite well. The three key stages are alpha, chi and omega. Jesus is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the Omega (Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet) and Chi is for Christ. So the membership stages start and end with Christ and are in Christ.

α (Alpha): Someone who takes up the challenge to pray daily and to start to follow Jesus.

χ (Chi): Someone who takes up the challenge to pray the MAYO evening prayer each night, which is evening prayer with and examen and a hymn to Our Lady (usually the Salve Regina).

ω (Omega): Someone who has completed the MAYO formation program, has been regularly praying the MAYO evening prayer (or its equivalent) and takes the MAYO consecration to the Trinity through Our Lady and the statement of fidelity to the Magisterium.

θ (Theta): Someone who has completed an extensive formation program to be able to assess if a member is ready to be accepted as Omega. 

φ (Phi): An even higher level of formation.

μ (Mu): This is the ultimate attitude that MAYO members should have, ie to be open to God's will in all things and is never conferred. μ is the Greek letter for M and represents the Greek word Menon (μένων) which means to abide from John 15:5, "Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing." It also represents the part that Mary has at Jesus' feet (Luke 10:38-42) and of course the attitude of Mary our mother. Mu doesn't sound exciting but for those who have experienced it, it is out of this world.


The MAYO committee is made up of a president, secretary and treasurer with vices for each position. There are various leaders of projects such as the webmaster. There are also leaders of other groups connected with MAYO such as youth group leaders. Major executive roles are selected from Omega members. It is up to the president to organise and run MAYO. He does this with the help of leaders for each project area. Each leader runs each project area as he sees fit. This website supports the organisation's communication and resource sharing. While MAYO is still developing a faciliator is helping develop the organisation.


MAYO gets together for an official meeting once a month. It is out of school hours and so allows others to join.

During the week at Mazenod there are different lunchtime meetings, such as Bible Studies, Rosary bead making, and webdev (working on the website). 

Sprints: A sprint is when MAYO members get together for a day or more during the holidays to work on MAYO projects. MAYO adopted Sprints from the Open Source Programming world. Usually after each term there is a one day sprint and then a 3 day sprint at the end of the year.

Retreats: MAYO members have organised various retreats over the years, usually a 2 day retreat during the holidays.

Leadership Days: Leadership formation days which also serve as days to develop MAYO ideas and structure.


MAYO runs this website and allows other similar groups to use it as well. Therefore someone can host a youthgroup or a project on this website. This website can go mulitlingual as well.


MAYO seeks to foster parish youth groups. The aim is for the youth group to become self sufficient. Aftershock is an example of this. The overall aim is to foster an authentic Catholic youth culture. Locally MAYO seeks to foster youth groups in all the feeder parishes of Mazenod College. It hopes to connect them through this website and through a smart phone app that will list all local youth group events. 


MAYO wants to foster other groups like itself. Anyone can go through the MAYO membership levels and formation. Anyone can start a project in their own parish or school. As members increase in the MAYO membership levels they can start their own MAYO group and committee. It is up to each group to decide if they want to 'fork' (start their own version) MAYO. MAYO would be very happy to provide all the resources for this to happen. One reason for having resources in Google Drive, using only open source technologies and publishing all resources as creative commons is for forking to happen. The website technology allows for communication to occur between sites. To this end, we have designated each MAYO group according to a greek letter system. Each diocese is lettered Greek alphabetically starting with α and then each group in a diocese is numbers Romanly. So MAYO Mazenod is αI the third group in the second diocese would be βIII. This is a bit like the Greek Fraternities and Sororieties in the US.


MAYO is structured to foster young people taking up the opportunities and then using their skills to make the world a better place. Rather than being a consumer of the culture of death, become a producer of the culture of life.