Unique opportunities at the Institute in Melbourne
The John Paul II Institute is located at the Thomas Carr Centre, a Catholic theological complex at 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. It shares its excellent facilities with the Catholic Theological College and the Mannix Library (a major theological library). With the inner city location, students can immerse themselves in the life and culture of Melbourne, regularly voted the world’s most liveable city.
Located within a block of St Patrick’s Cathedral, major Catholic hospitals, the Catholic Education Office, Catholic Social Services, Centacare and the various offices of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, the Institute situates its students at the centre of Church life in this region.
Melbourne enjoys the warm encouragement of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the enthusiastic patronage of Archbishop Denis Hart. Several Bishops teach at the Institute from time to time.
The Institute’s distinctive character
The distinctive character of the Institute ultimately depends upon its faculty, staff and students.
To create an environment that is intellectually stimulating and characterised by generosity and mutual support, the Institute seeks men and women who are not only professionally competent, but who will contribute to its religious, moral and cultural milieu.
Lecturers are mandated for this task by the Church. Clerical and religious students are authorised by their ordinary or major superior; lay students are usually recommended by their parish priest or another cleric.
Faculty, staff and students assume an obligation to live in a manner compatible with the Institute’s mission as an institution devoted to the study of the Catholic way of life and preparing its graduates to undertake a variety of Christian ministries.