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In July 2020 the ACU Centre for Liturgy will host 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 United States.
Professor Francis will teach an online one-time-only special studies unit, THEL620: Liturgical Inculturation through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy on 6, 7, 9, 10 July. This unit is offered at postgraduate level for students enrolled in master’s or graduate certificate programs in theology and religious education.
The unit is also being offered as a professional learning seminar. Liturgists, clergy, pastoral associates and all who have an interest in the fascinating and pastorally relevant area of Liturgical Inculturation are invited to register here.
Professional learners will participate in lectures and discussions led by Professor Francis but will not undertake assessment tasks.
On 20 July Professor Francis will also give a FREE online public lecture, The Challenge of Intercultural Liturgy in the Era of Pope Francis. This will run from 10 – 11.30am via Zoom.
Registration by 15 July is essential and the Zoom link will be sent on 16 July to the email addresses provided.
Mark Francis, MDiv, MA, SLD was ordained in 1982 and served for three years as chaplain and formation director in Bogotá Colomia. 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. Professor Francis was to visit Australia to lead these learning opportunities in person.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has made this visit impossible, Fr Francis has kindly consented to visit us virtually.
Teacher practitioners in Queensland can take part in the THEL620 Professional Learning Seminar on Liturgical Inculturation (July 6, 7, 9 & 10) for professional development hours. Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) encourages Queensland teachers to select professional development opportunities that suit their specific educational needs and development. After attending the Professional Learning Seminar on July 6, 7, 9 & 10, simply login to your my QCT online account and add an electronic record confirming your participation.
Completing the Liturgical Inculturation Professional Learning Seminar will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development addressing 1.3.2, 2.1.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Completing the THEL620 Professional Learning Seminar on Liturgical Inculturation will contribute 12 hours of PD addressing the standards as listed from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher registration in Victoria. Teachers who complete the professional development will understand that this learning will assist in addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.3.2, 2.1.2 and 6.2.2.
The THEL620 Professional Learning Seminar in Liturgical Inculturation has CESA System Accredited Module status for those eligible teachers for the Catholic Professional Formation Level 3 Allowance, from whom a SAM written requirement is required by CESA. Please contact Annette.McCard@cesa.catholic.edu.au for information about engaging in the seminar as a SAM and for the written component details. (For ACU students from CESA undertaking THEL620 unit as a masters unit, it has full SAM status.)
Teachers in the Northern Territory can undertake the THEL620 Professional Learning Seminar on Liturgical Inculturation as Professional Development by recording their participation in their Professional Development Activities Log. This seminar addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.3.2, 2.1.2 and 6.2.2 (Proficient Level).
We provide schools and Catholic education offices with targeted professional development sessions and workshops tailored to address the needs of primary and secondary school teachers, religious education leaders, and worshiping communities.
Pastoral training and formation sessions on these and other topics can also be tailored to meet specific school community needs.
We provide specialised professional development sessions for clergy, such as:
Through direct consultation with a local parish community, we can undertake a comprehensive liturgical or liturgical music audit of your parish’s worship practices in order to provide specific advice on how to improve the quality of your liturgical celebrations.
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