Australian Catholic University and the Archdiocese of Adelaide have entered a new partnership to deliver theological education in South Australia from next year.
From 2014, ACU will offer the following degrees: Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy.
ACU’s postgraduate degrees in Religious Education and in Educational Leadership will continue to be available.
Catholic Theological College (Adelaide) will be absorbed into the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. The centre for theological education will move from its current location at Brooklyn Park to the George Street, Thebarton site where it will be co-located with Catholic Education South Australia. The Ministry Formation Program will also be moving to the George Street Thebarton site.
The Deed of Agreement ceremony last Friday held in Adelaide was an important occasion for both ACU and the Archdiocese of Adelaide and Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said he was very proud to attend.
"This partnership will ensure the continuation of the Archdiocese’s long and strong tradition of theological education and leadership formation in Adelaide and South Australia and I am proud ACU has been able to take advantage of this opportunity."
The partnership expands the University to seven campuses: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra and Ballarat.
"It is really wonderful for us to welcome the Catholic Theological College as part of the ACU family. We’re very proud to have such a distinguished organisation with such distinguished members linking with us and, importantly, us with them," Professor Craven said.
"My thanks to all involved in the development of this partnership, with a special mention to Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, Professor Anne Hunt, Executive Dean of Theology and Philosophy and Mr Paul Campbell, Director of Infrastructure and Deputy Chief Operating Officer."
Archbishop Wilson hosted the deed signing ceremony at his house in Adelaide. He said it was a great opportunity for the two partners to: "develop a living bond, and for us to make a contribution to this life by the quality of the people who will become part of the teaching staff of Australian Catholic University. Those teachers, those scholars have been very important for us, not just for the Archdiocese of Adelaide but also for the life of the Church in Australia and the life of the Church in general."
Executive Dean of Theology and Philosophy Professor Anne Hunt said it was very exciting that the partnership be formed at a time of tremendous growth for the University.
"We count it a great source of pleasure and pride and a great source of honour to be coming to Adelaide and to be building on that long and strong tradition of theological education in the Archdiocese of Adelaide and indeed in the state of South Australia," she said.
Photos: (Thumbnail) Signatories of the document from left: Professor James McLaren, Associate Dean of Theology and Philosophy (Research) ACU; Archbishop Philip Wilson; ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven; Associate Professor Stephen Down, Acting Principal Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological College of SA. (Above) Father Paul Cashen, Administrator of St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and Professor Anne Hunt, Executive Dean of Theology and Philosophy ACU.