The Director of the Institute, Most Rev Peter J Elliott is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rowland, the Dean of the Institute, to the International Theological Commission by His Holiness Pope Francis.
This is a great honour for the international networks of John Paul II Institutes for Marriage and Family which have their centre at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
Professor Rowland comes from an Anglican family but was educated by the Sisters of Mercy. She holds a Doctorate in Divinity from Cambridge University, a Licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and 6 other degrees and diplomas in law, philosophy, German and Educational Studies. She is the author of 3 books and a member of the editorial board of the English language edition of the International Catholic Review: Communio. She is also a Foundation Patron of the Australian Catholic Students Association, an Honorary Fellow of Campion College in Sydney and an Adjunct Professor of the Centre for Faith Ethics and Society of the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. In 2012 she was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Republic of Poland.
Professor Rowland has recently returned from Rome where she delivered a paper at the Evangelii Gaudium conference and is happy to celebrate this news with the faculty and students of the Institute.