Meet our new colleagues in Adelaide

Published: Wednesday 30th July 2014

ACU has established a new campus in South Australia through a partnership with the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

The Catholic Theological College (Adelaide) has been absorbed into the University’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. This has driven the creation of a new ACU Adelaide campus, at George Street in Thebarton, which will specialise in delivering theological education.  The ACU course offerings in Adelaide will include the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies, and Master of Theological Studies.  Research degrees Master of Theology, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy will also offer students the wealth of expertise from the Faculty, which is supported by more than 50 full-time academics.

Establishing an Adelaide campus introduces six new staff to ACU, including three priest theologians.

Associate Professor Stephen Downs said becoming part of ACU represented a big change for himself and his colleagues, many of whom have been working together in the Catholic Theological College for more than 20 years.

“It’s exciting to be joining a much bigger Faculty of Theology and Philosophy within a national University, that has some very strong plans for growing the delivery of theological education in Australia,” Stephen said.

“We also believe these new arrangements will facilitate closer connections with the Catholic Education in South Australia office, as we will be co-located at their headquarters in Thebarton. This is a fabulous development, as our work with teachers of religious education in Catholic schools is a shared concern.”

“The creation of this ACU campus will also make it easier to for lay ministry candidates in Adelaide to study with Catholic school teachers and enable them to share insights with each other.  This will also help in developing leadership in teachers, for they engage in important ministry roles within Catholic schools and have a relationship with the local parish as well.”

Executive Dean of Theology and Philosophy Professor Anne Hunt said ACU warmly welcomed our new colleagues.

“The Faculty will be enriched by their experience and expertise. We’re also very pleased to be taking on the responsibility for the delivery of theological education in Adelaide and the wider regions of South Australia,” Anne said. “We have so much to offer to the community in South Australia.”

Our new colleagues joined Professor Robyn Horner, Dr Dermot Nestor and Ms Kate Fannon to undertake an induction day in Adelaide recently.