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Welcome

The Archdiocese of Melbourne has been a proud sponsor of the John Paul II institute for Marriage and Family since its establishment in 2001.

During its 15 years of operation, the Institute has engaged students in the teaching of the theology of marriage and family, bioethics and religious education and catechetics at the highest standards. The Council of the Institute is proud of the contribution made by both faculty and students to the Church and the community. 

Associate Professor Adam Cooper will be appointed to the faculty of the Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, on the closure of the institute at the end of 2018. Until his appointment he is fully committed to continuing to teach, supervise, and support current students. The Director and Dean would like to thank Associate Professor Cooper for his support of the Institute over the last ten years and offer their best wishes for his future career.

Dr Gerard O’Shea has resigned from the Faculty of the Institute with effect from 19 March to take up the position of Professor of Education at the University of Notre Dame (Australia) in Sydney.  He will continue to be employed by the Institute on a sessional basis until the end of the Paschaltide semester.   The Director and Dean would like to thank Dr O’Shea for his support of the Institute over the last ten years and offer their best wishes for his future career.

Dr Owen Vyner has decided to leave the Institute and to return to the United States of America to re-settle permanently.  He will be taking up a position in the theology department at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia and begin teaching in late-August of this year. The Director and Dean would like to thank Dr Vyner for his support of the Institute over the last five and a half years and offer their best wishes for his future career.

On Wednesday 11 April  Most Rev Peter Elliott, the Director of the Institute presided over the 11th Commencement of the Institute in St Patrick’s Cathedral.  Thirty five students graduated, sixteen attending and nineteen graduating in absentia.  Following the graduation a reception was held for the graduates and their families in the Cardinal Knox Centre.

As a result of the impending closure of the Institute announced in 'Future of the Institute' below no further admissions to courses will be accepted.

The Director, Dean, Faculty and students of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family were delighted to hear of the appointment of Adjunct Professor Isabell Naumann to the position of President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and offer their congratulations.

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