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John Paul II Institute
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East Melbourne VIC
Australia 3002

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Prof Nicholas Tonti-Filippini AO

The Institute is delighted by the news that our late colleague, Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini KCSG, has today been posthumously appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

We offer our congratulations to his widow Dr Mary Walsh and their children Claire, Lucianne, Justin and John.

2016 Timetable (Draft 3)

 To download Draft 3 of this year's timetable, click here.

2016 Bioethics Colloquium

The 2016 Bioethics Colloquium will be held from February 2nd - 4th, 2016. This annual conference is organised by the Australian Association of Catholic Bioethicists and is sponsored by the John Paul II Institute and the Order of Malta.

The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Palliative Care: Towards Living and Dying Well at the End of Life”. It will be offered in conjunction with the Institute subject, “Current Controversies in Bioethics” (1 – 5 February).

To download the Programme, click here

Dr Wanda Skowronska Book Launch

Sessional Lecturer Dr Wanda Skowronska will be launching the new book she recently compiled titled, Catholic Converts From Down Under...and All Over. The book launch will take place at 2pm on December 12 at the Chevalier Resource Centre, 1 Roma Ave, Kensington, NSW. Please click here to download the flyer.


Notice of Changes of Course Structures in 2016

Course accreditation for the following courses ceases on 30 June 2016:
   Grad Cert Theol Studies (M&F)
   Grad Cert Bioethics
   Grad Cert in RE
   Grad Dip Theol Studies (M&F)
   Grad Dip Bioethics
   Grad Dip RE
   MTheol Studies (M&F)
   MSacred Theology (M&F)

The Institute is currently preparing to apply for accreditation of new courses. The new degrees will be as follows:
   Grad Cert Theological Studies
   Grad Dip Theological Studies 
   MSacred Theology

Within the new Grad Cert and Grad Dip Theological Studies and MA(Theology) there will be the following specializations: Marriage and Family; Bioethics, Mission and Identity (Grad Cert level only); Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice; Religious Education; Evangelization of Culture; and Art, Liturgy and Culture.

In the case of the Grad Cert and Grad Dip Theological Studies there will be no reduction in course load.

In the case of the MA(Theology) there will be a reduction in course load from sixteen subjects to twelve.

The subjects of the Grad Cert in Theological Studies (with RE Specialization) will continue to be those mandated by the Catholic Education Office for teachers requiring RE accreditation.

In the case of the MSacred Theology there will be no change to the course load.

Students who have not completed the full requirements of their current course before the 30 June 2016 will be transferred into the new course in the relevant specialization with all existing subject credits.

Academic Testamur will show the new course name. When referring to the qualification in a resume or CV, the qualification can be shown as: e.g. Grad Cert in Theological Studies (with a specialization in RE) or MA(Theology) (with a specialization in Art, Liturgy and Culture).

Students who will not complete their studies curriculum for their current course before 30 June 2016 and do not wish to transfer to the new courses are requested to inform the Registrar in writing or by email before Friday 13 November 2015. A nil response will be assumed as acceptance of the new arrangements.

Should further information be required please contact the Registrar.


Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini - Memorial Mass

A memorial Mass to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini will be held on Saturday 7th November at 9.30am at St Gregory the Great Parish Church, 71 Williamsons Road, Doncaster. Principal celebrants will be Most Rev Anthony Fisher, Archbishop of Sydney, and Most Rev Peter Elliott, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne and Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. Students, alumni and friends of the Institute are welcome to attend.


Missionaries of Charity train in Religious Education at the Institute

Sixteen Missionaries of Charity undertook training in contemporary methods of Religious Education at the Institute during the September school holidays. The two week intensive session was conducted by Dr Gerard O’Shea. The content was adapted from the Institute’s Graduate Certificate of Religious Education. It is hoped that the sisters will be able to use these ideas and resources in the many apostolates they have among the disadvantaged throughout the country. The Missionaries of Charity have been working with the Institute in this area for the past three years.



2016 Graduation

Tuesday 5th April at 5:30pm has been set as the date and time for Graduation next year.

Students who have completed their full course of study in 2014 are invited to submit an ‘Application to Graduate’ form which can be downloaded from the website at: or obtained on request from the Registrar.

Students who will complete their full course of study in 2015 should submit an ‘Application to Graduate’ form once their final results have been notified. 

Theology of the Body in Perth

The Institute is offering the subject Theology of the Body at UNDA Fremantle from September 29th to October 3rd. Click here for more information.

Former Institute faculty members release books in time for the Synod

Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Bishop Jean Laffitte (lecturers from the Roman session of the Institute) have both recently published books that address many of the questions that will be raised in the upcoming Synod on the Family. Cardinal Ouellet’s book, Mystery and Sacrament of Love, is a serious academic work that engages questions regarding sacramental theology, ecclesiology, and a theology of the sacrament of Marriage. Click here for more information. Bishop Laffitte’s book, The Choice of the Family, is in the form of an interview in which the bishop gives candid yet profound responses to questions on the pastoral challenges facing marriage and the family. Please click here. Both are highly recommended.



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