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The John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family is located in Melbourne, Australia, and offers unique opportunities for study in the theology of marriage and family, in bioethics, and in religious education and catechetics.



John Paul II Institute
278 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne VIC
Australia 3002

P +613 9417 4349

Latest News

Theology of the Body in New Zealand

Dr Adam Cooper has just returned from Wellington NZ where he led a week-long workshop on the Theology of the Body at the ICPE Mission at St Gerard’s Monastery. This international event was the last stage of formation aimed at preparing students for new evangelisation in their home churches. Students represented diverse nations, including Germany, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and Korea. This is Dr Cooper’s second visit to the ICPE community in Wellington and as usual he found their hospitality and eagerness to learn John Paul II’s catechesis on human love in the divine plan second to none


New Draft of Timetable – Subject Offered in WA

Draft 6 of the 2015 Timetable is now available. Included in this draft is the offering of the Theology of the Body as an intensive in Fremantle, WA and the cancellation of Theological Approaches to Ethics. Please also note that the dates for Biblical Theology of Marriage has switched with Eros, Logos and Agape. To see the Timetable, click here

New Courses at the Institute

The ‪John Paul II Institute now offers Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Theology of Psychology and Counselling. The purpose of these new courses is to enable professionals in the fields of psychology and counselling to integrate the perspective of faith in their work. Students will be introduced to the most recent theological developments in the area with reference to the current psychological and counselling theory and practice. We are now accepting enrolments for the second semester.

Second semester subjects include:
• Christian Contributions to Psychology
• Virtue, Faith and Psychological Science
Click here to view the brochure.

'Humanum Review'

The Institute is pleased to notify our students, alumni and friends of the electronic journal Humanum Review which is a publication put together by our colleagues in Washington and friends at the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford.
To see the site click here.

Latest Draft of 2015 Timetable

Please click here for draft 4 of 2015  class timetable.

Dr Sweeney Publishes Book

In late January Dr Conor Sweeney published a book titled “Sacramental Presence after Heidegger Onto-theology, Sacraments, and the Mother's Smile”. To read more about it click here for the flyer. To order a copy click here.

Tributes to Prof Nicholas Tonti-Filippini on the ABC’s Religion and Ethics Blog

Scott Stephens, Dr Ray Campbell, Prof Tracey Rowland, Prof Bernadette Tobin, et al, pay tribute to the life and legacy of Prof Tonti-Filippini.
To read the article click here. 

Funeral Details for Prof Nicholas Tonti-Filippini

For all who would like to attend, the vigil for Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini will be at 7.30 pm Monday 17 November at St Gregory’s, Doncaster. The requiem mass will be in St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10.30 am on Tuesday 18 November. 

Vale Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini

Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini MA (Monash) PhD (Melb), FHERDSA, KSCG
Knight of Obedience, Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta
Requiescat in Pace

Dear friends

The news of the entry into eternal life today of Professor Nicholas Tonti Filippini has not come as a surprise. With faith and fortitude, supported by his devoted wife Dr Mary Walsh and his loving family, he has battled with a series of grave illnesses over many years, giving all of his friends and colleagues an example of courage and determination to serve to the end of his mortal existence on earth.

As the Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, I recognise with deep gratitude his brilliant contributions to the fields of bioethics, his faithful service of the Church nationally and internationally, his ecumenical witness and, through tireless work in many government bodies, a great service to the Australian community.

Nicholas was a fearless advocate in public discourse for he believed that the Christian voice should be heard in public debate.

In recognition of his service to the Church, Pope Benedict XVI made him a Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2009. He was also a Knight in Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.

Nicholas has ensured that his legacy of teaching in our Institute will continue through the students he has taught and mentored as well as by publishing in these last years of his life a series of volumes on current issues in bioethics.

We mourn his passing, a loss to us all. We celebrate his life on earth and we entrust him to the merciful love of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

In Dno.

+ Peter J Elliott

Most Rev. Peter J. Elliott, MA Oxon, MA Melb, STD
Auxiliary Bishop
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Interview with Dr Cooper

Dr Adam Cooper recently corresponded with Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, about his newest books and his research into salvation, liturgy, theosis, the meaning of the body, and the crucial relationship between celibacy and marriage. To read more click here.

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