The ACU Centre for Liturgy provides parishes and deaneries throughout Australia with specialised training and formation workshops, as well as a range of short courses.

Visit by Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSV

Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSVIn July 2020 the ACU Centre for Liturgy is hosting a visit by Rev Prof Mark R. Francis CSV author of Local Worship Global Church: Popular Religion and the Liturgy and Shape A Circle Ever Wider: Inculturating the Liturgy in the US.

Fr Francis, MDiv, MA, SLD was ordained in 1982 and served for three years as chaplain and formation director in Bogotá Colombia. He served on the revision/translation subcommittee of ICEL from 1992–2000, and from 2000–2012 he served as international superior of the Viatorians.  He is the current President of Catholic Theological Union at Chicago, a position he has held since 2013. He has published extensively on liturgical topics with a special focus on the relationship between liturgy and culture.

While he is in Australia Fr Francis will teach the unit Liturgical Inculturation (THEL620) through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Strathfield (and online) (6, 7, 9, 10 July).  This unit is offered at postgraduate level for students enrolled in Masters or Graduate Certificate programs in theology and religious education. Auditors are very welcome (cost is $900 (+GST)). For information and auditor enrolment contact by 5 June 2020.

Later in July Fr Mark will also give Public Lectures in Blacktown (13 July), Brisbane (20 July), and Melbourne (date to be confirmed) entitled “The Challenge of Intercultural Liturgy in the Era of Pope Francis”.  These will start at 6.30pm and finish at 8pm. For details and to register to attend the public lecture Centre for Liturgy on (02) 97014751 or

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I loved hearing about the history of the sacraments and delving deeper into the meanings of signs and symbols. Amazed at the wonderful quality and knowledge of all the lecturers”
Lynne, Parishioner
Sacraments Short Courses

Pastoral formation days available on demand

From death to new life: preparing and celebrating Catholic funerals

Previously run in:

  • Melbourne
  • Geelong
  • Pakenham
  • Brisbane
  • Strathfield
  • Forster
  • Canberra 

What Christians believe about the meaning of life and death and the promise of eternal life comes into sharp focus when a loved one dies. Catholic funerals provide a way for mourners to remember and give thanks for the life of the deceased person in a series of beautiful rites that both honour the dead and express Christian belief and hope in eternal life.

Have you ever thought about what will happen when you or a loved one dies? What decisions do you need to make when you prepare to celebrate a funeral in the Catholic tradition? This short course will investigate a Christian theology of dying and death and explore how the Order of Christian Funerals celebrates death in a specifically Catholic way. Experienced priests and funeral directors will discuss how they care for the dead and for those who grieve. As part of this short course you will have an opportunity to prepare a Catholic funeral for yourself or a loved one.

Session 1: Raised to new life – a Christian theology of dying and death

Session 2: Celebrating death the Catholic way – the Order of Christian Funerals

Session 3: Collaborating in care – funeral directors and priests in dialogue

Session 4: A fitting conclusion – preparing your Catholic funeral.

Be not afraid: preparing and celebrating sacraments of healing

Previously run in Melbourne 2019

What Christians believe about sickness and sacramental healing becomes especially important when we are confronted with serious illness or the danger of death. The Catholic sacraments of healing exist to strengthen those who are being tried by illness or impairment, bodily or spiritual. Within the church’s pastoral approach to healing and caring for the sick, the Sacrament of Anointing raises up the sick person and strengthens their soul to sustain them while they are ill or approaching death. The Sacrament of Penance offers the opportunity to heal relationships with God, those who have been wronged, and the church community, while the Sacrament of Eucharist nourishes the sick person on their journey.

This pastoral formation day will investigate Catholic beliefs about the healing power of prayer and sacraments.  It will look at how we celebrate the healing brought about by reconciliation and forgiveness.  Priests experienced in administering the sacraments of healing will discuss how they care for the sick spiritually and sacramentally. All participants will engage in a consideration of how lay people can care for the sick by visiting them, and offering comfort, assistance and prayer. The day will conclude with an exploration of Viaticum and how to minister Communion to the sick.

Session 1: What do Catholics believe about Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick?

Session 2: How do Catholics celebrate reconciliation and forgiveness?

Session 3: How do priests, deacons and lay ministers care for the sick?

Session 4: Learn about Viaticum and how to minister Communion to the sick.

"I thought the funeral ministry day was superb " 
Fr Greg
Forster, NSW

Our workshops

Our specialised training and formation workshops focus on a variety of topics, including:

Training parish ministers

Speaking Awesome Words Lector Training

Some of the places Speaking Awesome Words has been presented include:

  • Reservoir (Vic)
  • Bega/Merimbula (NSW)
  • Bannockburn (Vic)
  • Berala (NSW)
  • Eastwood (NSW)
  • Kilmore (Vic)
  • Punchbowl (NSW)
  • Weston Creek (ACT)

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Jason was a great presenter, very patient, friendly and encouraging – I really liked his practical tips”
Haberfield Lectors Course

Speaking Awesome Words II: Lector Training

The Lector masterclass supports and challenges experienced Lectors to fine-tune their proclamation skills.

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I could not believe how quickly the time went during the workshop. Sharon’s ability to convey such a huge amount of very helpful information in a truly inspirational and seamless manner and in such a short time was incredible.”
Bega, NSW / Speaking Awesome Words

Our other parish ministers training 

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  • The Ministry of Cantor
  • Accompanying the assembly’s worship
  • How to choose ‘good’ liturgical music
  • How to engage the assembly in song
  • Serving the People of God in Gladness: Lay Liturgical Ministry
  • How we do what we do matters! Exploring the ars celebrandi in parish liturgies
  • No longer two, but one: preparing to celebrate your Catholic marriage
  • Born anew by water and spirit: preparing for your child’s baptism
  • A fitting conclusion: preparing your Catholic funeral
  • It’s about time! Understanding the liturgical year
“The workshop was informative, inspirational and interesting”. “All good, well structured, right amount of time.”
Pambula, NSW / Speaking Awesome Words
Clare was great – engaging, knowledgeable and consistent.”
Shannon Alexander
Funeral Director, King’s Funerals, Geelong

Information about fees

ACU Centre for Liturgy charges fees for its programs and services, operating on a not-for-profit basis consistent with ACU’s constitution. We are committed to providing our services at a reasonable rate.

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