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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

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.

2015 Timetable Now Available

Please click here for the 2015  class timetable.

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.

Theology of the Body in Papua New Guinea

Dr Adam Cooper has just returned from a speaking tour on the Theology of the Body in Papua New Guinea. He was invited by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to introduce John Paul II’s Theology of the Body catechesis to about 20 bishops at their annual retreat, this year held at the Kefamo Conference Centre in Goroka. Several priests also took part in the two day seminar. Dr Cooper also gave a series of lectures to over 60 seminary students at St Fidelis Seminary near Madang. All welcomed the teaching enthusiastically, recognising its immediate relevance for ministry among the people of New Guinea.

Professor Rowland Appointed to International Theological Commision

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.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher - New Archbishop of Sydney

The Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, Bishop Peter Elliott, said that the faculty and students rejoice at the appointment of Bishop Anthony Fisher as Archbishop of Sydney.  He was the first Director of the institute when it was opened in 2001.
He combines a strong academic background with a pastor’s zeal for the Kingdom of Christ. Appointed bishop by  St John
Paul II, he exemplifies and combines distinctive charisms of the Popes of our times: John Paul’s mission to the youth, Benedict’s wisdom and Francis love of God’s People.

Article on Cardinal Caffarra

The article is written by Fr David D Nerbun titled "Pastoral Solutions Can’t Cause Pastoral Problems" To read the article click here.
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