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

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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.



Institute student has article published

Tom Gourlay has recently had an article published in the online journal Homiletic and Pastoral Review. To read his article titled, “The Merciful Call to Holiness”, click here.

Dr O'Shea speaks at conference in Steubenville

Dr Gerard O’Shea addressed the annual John Bosco Catechetical Conference held in July at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He was invited to speak about the Christian sexuality education program that trains parents to have ongoing conversations with their own children about this important matter. The program, As I Have Loved You, was developed at the John Paul II Institute, and has been very well received by parents throughout the world.



Archbishop Fisher’s lecture on same-sex “marriage”

On July 22nd, Archbishop Anthony Fisher (founding Director of the Institute) delivered a Defence of the Faith Lecture for the Order of Malta. His lecture was titled: “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’: Evolution or Deconstruction of Marriage and the Family?” Click here to read the lecture.  

Fr Gregory Jordan SJ

Image courtesy of Von Hayes 

Deducant te Angeli in paradisum

Fr Gregory Jordan SJ died in Brisbane on the 19th of July. He was a great friend of the John Paul II Institute and an all-round champion of the Catholic family. Through his service in Jesuit schools and university colleges and his patronage of the Australian Catholic Students Association he literally knew thousands of people. He was particularly loved by young people for whom he served as a very paternal mentor. In a time when many are growing up without fathers and grandfathers he knew how to father the fatherless and did it with ease. He was interested in developing human potential and did not confine himself to giving advice on spiritual matters. He was interested in every aspect of the lives of those in his care and well understood how the various dimensions of human life are ultimately linked to the spiritual. He didn’t stand around idle while his sheep were being menaced by wolves, especially the kind of intellectual species of wolf who peddles atheistic ideologies. He was never depressed by world events but seemed to assume that we were all born into an eschatological battle in which evil is to be expected. For him the important thing was to be playing on the right team in that battle and he thought that young Catholic families were on the front lines and he wanted to give them encouragement and logistical support. He had the disposition of a general who loved his troops and knew where they were all placed and what they were up to. He was proud of the achievements of people he had taught, and particularly proud when his former students got married and turned up with babies for him to baptise. He had an incredible ability to remember names across several generations. For the last 12 years of his life he led the St. Gregory's Latin Mass community in Brisbane. He was proud of the fact that the number of baptisms in the community strongly outweighed the funerals. When some future historian writes a doctoral dissertation on the Catholic Church in Australia in the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st , there will need to be at least one chapter on ‘Jordo’ and his students and the faithful Catholic families they founded.
Professor Tracey Rowland

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