ACU hosts national Catholic identity roundtable

Monday, 17 March 2008

17 March 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will welcome other key Catholic agencies from across the health, education and social services sectors to the second Colloquium on Mission and Identity in Church-Based Organisations, taking place from 26-28 March at ACU’s Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick’s). 

The Colloquium will examine Catholicity in practice, reinforcing the relationship between Catholic organisations and the Church’s overall mission while also looking at long-term issues like inter-generation expectations and achieving best practice. Each of the participating organisations, in looking at action frameworks for the future, will share valuable development experiences ranging from successes to what can be improved or just has not worked.

“ACU is very pleased to host this forum allowing for so many Catholic organisations to gather and discuss how we maintain our identity now and into the future,” said ACU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Gabrielle McMullen. “Succession planning, engaging with the marginalised, and strengthening our leadership to build broad-based collaborative support are some of the key issues facing Catholic organisations on a national level.”

“This is a chance to reassess and create new ‘best practice’ models for a 21st century model of Catholic institutional identity,” she added.

Participating sponsors in the Colloquium include: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Church Insurances Limited, Catholic Health Australia, Catholic Institute of Sydney, Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission.

Keynote addresses will be given by Most Rev Mark B Coleridge DD, the Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, Ms. Julie Fewster of Jesuit Social Services and Ms Therese Vassarotti from Catholic Health Australia.

For further details of  the conference, please contact Ms Joan Manshon on (03) 9953 3553 or at

Australian Catholic University (ACU) established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.

Registration and enquiries to:

  • Ms Joan Manshon
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Locked Bag 4115
  • VIC 3065
  • Phone: (03) 9953 3553
  • Fax: (03) 9953 3605