Education and Arts

Faculty of Education and Arts Q&A external panel members

Bishop Patrick O'Regan

Bishop Patrick Michael O'Regan was ordained as the ninth Bishop of Sale in a ceremony before 1600 people on February 26, 2015. The bishop was formerly Vicar General of Bathurst Diocese and Dean of St Michael and St John's Cathedral, Bathurst.

Bishop O'Regan was born in Bathurst and was educated at St Joseph's Primary, Perthville, and St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. He studied for the priesthood at St Columba College, Springwood, and St Patrick's College, Manly, before being ordained a priest for Bathurst Diocese in 1983. He served as assistant priest at Lithgow, Cowra, Orange and Bathurst before undertaking higher studies in France in 1994-95.

He returned to Orange as assistant priest for three years, before being appointed parish priest of Wellington where he served until 2001-02 when he again undertook higher studies in France, obtaining a Licentiate in Liturgical and Sacramental Theology from Institut Catholique in Paris.

He returned to the diocese in 2003 and served six years as parish priest of Blayney, before being appointed Diocesan Administrator following the retirement of Bishop Patrick Dougherty in November 2008.When Bishop Michael McKenna was ordained in April 2009, Fr O'Regan become Diocesan Chancellor and from 2010-15 was Dean of the Cathedral.

Ms Audrey Brown

Ms Audrey Brown is Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Ballarat, a regional diocese that covers the western third of Victoria and is home to 64 Catholic schools. She has been a teacher, teacher coach, secondary school principal and principal coach.

Audrey is an alumna of Australian Catholic University (with ACU degrees in Religious Education, Theology, Education Law and Educational System Leadership) and has a particular interest in the formation of Catholic teachers, leaders and Board members in rural communities.

Professor Janine Loader

Chief Nursing Officer and General Manager at St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne.