Taking a look at being Catholic in an Australian context

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

17 March 2009: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will host a colloquium looking at the common concern to Catholic agencies across all sectors - how to be authentically Catholic within our Australian social and cultural context.

To be held at the University’s Melbourne Campus from 15-17 April 2009, the colloquium is the third in a series dealing with issues of identity and mission of Catholic agencies.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of ACU, Professor Gabrielle McMullen, said the event would build on the success of the previous colloquia.

“We will be looking closely at common concerns faced by Catholics in the education, health and social services sectors,” she said. “These include how does our Australian social and cultural context shape both the Catholic identity and mission of our agencies? What is our common story as both Catholic and Australian? From where is our next generation of young Australian leaders coming and how do we engage with Australian politics and media?”

Through a mix of keynote addresses and guided conversations, the colloquium will offer the opportunity for the different sectors to explore common experiences and learn from one another’s insights in a mutually supportive environment.

Keynote speakers include: Bishop D Eugene Hurley, Chair of the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life and Deputy Chair of the Bishops’ Commission for Caritas Australia; Dr Katharine Massam, Professor of Church History at the Uniting Church Theological College; and Brother Dean McGlaughlin, member of the Leadership Team of the Brothers’ Oceania Province comprising Australia, the Cook Islands, Timor-Leste, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

The colloquium is co-sponsored by ACU, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Health Australia, the Catholic Institute of Sydney, Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission.

For more information visit www.acu.edu.au/conferences/identity

Registration and enquiries to Joan Manshon, joan.manshon@acu.edu.au or phone (03) 9953 3553.