Professional learning and consulting

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.

Explore our learning opportunities and current initiatives, learn about the process of co-constructing theology with our partners, or contact us to talk about your own challenges and encounters with professional learning in your organisation.

Working with our partners

We partner with individuals and organisations to support reflection upon specific areas of need or opportunity, and deliver accessible, and relevant formational and educational opportunities that address local and national requirements.

Co-constructing theology projects and initiatives

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.

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Staff profiles

Staff profile Meave Heaney

Maeve Louise Heaney

Director, Xavier Centre for Theological Formation

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.

Research interests

  • Theological aesthetics
  • Music in Theology
  • Fundamental theology
  • Spirituality
  • Bernard J F Lonergan

Staff profile Dr-Christiaan-Jacobs-Vandegeer

Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

National Head of School (Theology)

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is the National Head of School (Theology) in 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'.

Research interests

  • Fundamental theology
  • Fundamental theology
  • Theology of grace
  • Interreligious dialogue
  • Bernard J F Lonergan

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