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. 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


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Paul Taylor

Assistant Director

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Cathy Murrowood

Professional Specialist, Liturgy Education

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Maryanne Hemsley

Program Coordinator

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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
  • international liturgy consultants
  • rural diocesan liturgy representatives
  • a nominee of the Vice Chancellor

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 2023 -2024

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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Sr Professor Julia A Upton rsm

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

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Judy Foster.

Sr Judy Foster sgs

Liturgical Consultant for Townsville Diocese

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Steven C Warner

Founder and Director Emeritus of the Notre Dame Folk Choir  
Associate Director of the Notre Dame-Newman Centre in Dublin, Ireland.  

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Professor Marea Nicholson

Previous Associate Vice-Chancellor (NSW/ACT), ACU

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Previous Board Members

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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Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

Chair, Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy, Archbishop of Adelaide, SA

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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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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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Assoc. Prof. Stephen Downs

Associate Professor Stephen Downs

National Head of School, Theology

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