The ACU Centre for Liturgy is staffed by academics with international tertiary qualifications in liturgical studies, sacramental theology, and the sacred arts.

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Centre staff

Professor Clare Johnson is the Director of the Centre and Dr Jason McFarland is the Assistant Director. Centre staff work closely with the Bishops Commission for Liturgy to support, promote and enhance the liturgical life of the Catholic Church.

Clare Johnson

Clare Johnson

Director

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Dr Jason J. McFarland

Jason J. McFarland

Assistant Director

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Sharon Boyd

Professional specialist - Liturgy Education

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Maryanne Hemsley

Administrative assistant

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Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors provides strategic guidance and a thoughtful sounding board for the Centre in relation to its current programs and future directions. It also helps to ensure that we remain true to our Mission and maintain good standing with both the Roman Catholic Church and ACU.

The board includes representatives from:

  • the Bishops Commission for Liturgy
  • the Directorate of Identity and Mission
  • the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
  • the LaSalle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education
  • international liturgy consultants
  • rural diocesan liturgy representatives
  • a nominee of the Vice Chancellor
  • a representative of the ACU student body.

Board members offer an independent perspective on our strategic development of academic programs, pastoral formation activities, research initiatives and the ongoing promotion of the liturgical apostolate.

Advisory board members are appointed to provide a diversity of relevant skills and expertise to ensure that the needs of various stakeholders are appropriately represented and that our staff are supported and encouraged to enact our Mission.


 

Board of Advisors 2018 -2020

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Bishop Patrick O'Regan

Chair, Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy, Bishop of Sale, VIC

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Bishop Paul Bird CSsR

Member, Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy, Bishop of Ballarat, VIC

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Clare Johnson

Professor Clare Johnson

Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy (ex officio).

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Fr Anthony Casamento, csma

ACU Vice President

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Assoc. Prof. Stephen Downs

Associate Professor Stephen Downs

National Head of School, Theology

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Dr Paul Taylor

Executive Secretary, Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy and National Liturgical Council

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John-Baldovin

Rev. Professor John Baldovin SJ

Priest of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus and Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology

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Sr Professor Julia A Upton rsm

Provost Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Theology, St John’s University, New York

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Very Rev. Peter Williams

Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia, Diocese of Parramatta

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Ms. Josie Ryan

Liturgy Coordinator, Loreto Kirribilli, representing ACU students of liturgy and sacramental theology

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Professor Br David Hall fms

Dean, La Salle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education

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Previous Board Members

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Rev Professor Paul F Bradshaw

Emeritus Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA

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Dr Emmanuel Nathan

National Head of the School of Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, ACU

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