This lecture will explore the growing phenomenon of lay ecclesial ministry as a hope-filled work of the Spirit leading the Church into deeper reception of conciliar renewal. The upcoming Plenary Council’s consideration of future directions for the Church in Australia will have implications for the development of ecclesial ministry models. The experience of lay ecclesial ministry points to the future of how emerging models might look and function. Drawing on the theology of the Spirit of German theologian Walter Kasper, the lecture will propose a number of implications for deeper reception of lay ecclesial ministry in and for the life and mission of the Catholic Church in Australia.
About Julie Trinidad
Julie Trinidad is a lecturer in Catholic Studies at the School of Education at UniSA. She also works as part of the Staff Spiritual and Religious Formation Team at Catholic Education SA. Julie has been Ministry Formation Program Coordinator and Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Adelaide. She has been a teacher and religious education leader in a number of Catholic secondary schools both in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Julie holds bachelors and masters degrees in both education and theology and has recently completed a PhD in theology at ACU.
The Adelaide annual public lecture is hosted by the ACU Adelaide Campus.
Professor Clooney considered the value today of inter-religious study and dialogue. Drawing on his recent work in Hindu-Christian comparative studies, he asked what we might learn from comparative studies in the area of worship, ritual and devotion.
About the speaker
Professor Francis X Clooney SJ, the global authority on comparative theology. He is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School, and held the position of Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard from 2010 to June 2017. Professor Clooney is also a 2017 Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University.
Pope Francis delivered an address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family (October 2015), in which he appealed for a ‘listening church’ – a church which, day-to-day, is grounded in the sense of the faith of the people of God. In this talk, Professor Rush reflected on Pope Francis’ address, showing its roots in Vatican II, and spelling out the importance of the sensus fidelium for the life of the church.
About the speaker
Rev Associate Professor Ormond Rush is a priest of the Townsville diocese. He has a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland. After ordination in 1975 he served in parishes in the Townsville Diocese from 1975 to 1987. He taught theology at the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary at Banyo from 1991 to 2000. From 1998 to 2001, he was Dean of the ecumenical consortium, the Brisbane College of Theology, and President of St Paul's Theological College, Banyo, from 2001 to 2006. He was President of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology in 2001 and 2006, and President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association from 2007-2010. He currently lectures at St Paul's Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Banyo Campus.
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