The Xavier Centre offers theological formation opportunities for lay persons, religious and clergy across Australia.Providing multiple points of engagement across any variety of delivery modes, these opportunities directly support pastoral leaders, associates and planners, healthcare, educational and welfare professionals, leaders of diocesan agencies, and all who contribute to religious and parish life.
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Register now to attend our panel presentation and round table discussion on Wednesday 9 December 2020. Engage in an evening of theologically informed conversation about Catholic women in leadership across a range of organisations. Join us in person, in Brisbane, or participate online. Registration is essential.
Providing theological formation in flexible and creative ways, we approach theology as a collaborative enterprise, co-constructed in partnership with others at work in the world.
As a musician and composer, Dr Maeve Louise Heaney, interweaves the fields of theological aesthetics, spirituality and the arts. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she is a consecrated missionary of a Catholic institute for consecrated life, the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.
Dr Heaney completed her Bachelors in Theology at the Instituto Teológico San Pablo Apóstol in Madrid and her licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. During that time, she taught at both the Gregorian and the Rome base of the Catholic University of Dallas. She was Bannan Fellow 2011–2012 at Santa Clara University, California, teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.
Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is the Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and a researcher in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at the Melbourne Campus.
Before joining ACU in 2011, he earned his doctorate in theology from the University of St Michael’s College in Toronto.
He is a chief investigator in the major research program 'Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic'.
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