Through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, we offer academic courses in liturgical studies and sacramental theology, such as the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Liturgy) and a liturgy concentration within the Master of Theological Studies.

Our academics supervise students undertaking higher degree research in liturgy, sacramental theology and the sacred arts at masters and doctoral levels through ACU’s research degree programs.

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Undergraduate program

Areas of concentration: Liturgy and Sacraments

Postgraduate programs

Areas of concentration: Liturgy and Sacraments

Higher Degree Research

Areas of concentration: Liturgy, Sacraments and the Sacred Arts

Research students

Higher degree research (HDR) students in liturgy, sacraments and the sacred arts undertake their programs of study through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Current HDR students are conducting research on a variety of topics.

Units on offer in 2020

Undergraduate units

Semester 2, 2020

THCP105 Prayer and Liturgy (online, multimode)
THCT202 Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament (multiple campuses)

Postgraduate units

Semester 1, 2020

THCP514 Foundations in Liturgy (online)
THCT602 Sacraments and Sacramentality (online)

Professional Term 5, 2020 (July 6, 7, 9, 10)

THEL620/640 Special Studies in Theology: Liturgical Inculturation (with Prof. Mark R. Francis csv) (fully online)
THCT607 Liturgical Theology (intensive face-to-face, Strathfield)

Professional Term 5, 2020 (July 13, 14, 16, 17)

THCP613 Celebrating Liturgy Today – Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith (fully online)

Professional Term 7, 2020 (September 28, 29, October 1, 2)

THCT608 Theology of Marriage and Holy Orders (fully online)


Centre for Liturgy Postgraduate Scholarship

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Meet our recent PhD


Jennifer Wakeling

Thesis title:
Divine Resonance: Meaning-Generation via Instrumental Music within Christian Worship

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Meet our research students


Michael Wallace

Thesis title:
Defrosting Christmas: locating the liturgical year in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Daniel McGrath

Thesis title:
Marriage as creative union: A liturgical theology drawn from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony.

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Meet our 2019 GCTS (Liturgy) graduates

Fr. Vincent Trung Nguyen

Fr. Vincent Trung Nguyen

Fr. Vincent Trung Nguyen, is assistant priest of Hornsby Cathedral, Diocese of Broken Bay. Fr. Vincent undertook the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Liturgy) and found that it was very helpful to his ministry and his life as a priest serving the particular liturgical pastoral needs at the Cathedral graduating in 2019 with the GCTS (liturgy).


Kerin Johnson

Kerin Johnson is currently the Religious Education Leader at St Patrick's Parish Primary School in Ballarat, Victoria. She is also a member of the Sacramental team at St Patrick's Cathedral Parish and a Liturgical singer/musician at St Columba's Parish, Ballarat North. Kerin found studying for the Graduate Certificate of Theological Studies (Liturgy) to be particularly relevant for successful liturgical ministry in each of these roles.


Louisa Cataldo

Ms Louisa Cataldo, Professional Officer to the Director Religious Education and Evangelisation at Sydney Catholic Schools gives high praise for this comprehensive Graduate Certificate in Theology (Liturgy) which has helped to further her knowledge of the liturgy and guide her in offering professional development opportunities in liturgy for Sydney Catholic Schools Staff.


Jennifer Wakeling

Jennifer Wakeling is a musician, educator, and researcher in the liturgical music field. Her recently awarded PhD investigated meaning-generation processes in relation to instrumental music performance in Christian worship. Undertaking the GCTS (Liturgy) was a thoroughly enjoyable experience which expanded significantly and enriched deeply her knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of Christian worship.

GCTS (Liturgy) Graduates

2019    Fr. Vincent Trung Nguyen (Broken Bay Diocese)

            Kerin Johnson (Ballarat)

            Louisa Cataldo (Sydney)

            Jennifer Wakeling (Brisbane)


2018    John Briffa (Toowoomba)

            Stephen Kirk (Canberra)


2016    Bernadette Christensen (Gold Coast)

            Carmel Fante (Sydney)

            Raymond McCauley (Parramatta)


2015    Janette Allen (Townsville)


2014    Jocelyn Bode (Gold Coast)

            Madalena Broadbent (Melbourne)

            Vanessa Denham (Port Macquarie)

            Josie Ryan (Sydney)


2013    Geoffrey Madden (Brisbane)

GDTS (Liturgy Graduates)

2017    Thomas Cullen (Brisbane)


2016    Deacon Charles Applin (Bathurst)

            Susan Fajardo (Brisbane)

MTS (Liturgy Graduates)

2019    Fr. Paul Sireh, O Carm (Melbourne)

           Susan Fajardo (Brisbane)

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