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    Stream: Religious Leadership  
    Workshop Title/Session(s)  Description  Presenter(s) 

    Pope Francis, Vatican II and the Medicine of Mercy 

    14 July  

    • Workshop 1  
    • Workshop 2 
      Studio 4 


    By coincidence, Pope Francis declared the Year of Mercy following the fiftieth anniversary of the close of Vatican II (1965). The Council renewed the Church in a fundamentally pastoral way in terms of entering into dialogue with the modern world, pursuing genuine paths of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, embracing the radical call of social justice, encouraging lay leadership in the Church and reimagining Catholic spirituality in terms of the liturgy, the Scriptures and the study of theology.

    Fr Max Vodola is a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and lecturer in Church History at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne. Ordained in 1997, Max has served in the parishes of Maidstone/Braybrook, Geelong, North Reservoir, North Balwyn and Flemington/Kensington and is priest-in-residence at St Mary’s School, St Kilda East.
    Max completed his doctorate in history at Monash University, examining Pope John XXIII’s study of the Council of Trent and how this shaped his decision to call the Second Vatican Council. Max is the author of A Friendly Guide to Vatican II, as well as a biography of Archbishop Justin Simonds.

    Religious Leadership in the Catholic School 

    14 July  

    • Workshop 1 
      Celtic Hall 

    Religious leadership is critical in our time as the operating environment for our schools becomes increasingly complex in the religious domain. The Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project has thrown light onto this complexity and strong religious leadership is required as leaders respond effectively to the challenges that are presented. This workshop will explore some of the key features of effective religious leadership as enacted at this time.

    Dr Paul Sharkey is the Director of Catholic Education Services at Catholic Education Melbourne. His professional and research interests include Catholic Identity and Religious Leadership. He is the author of the Educator’s Guide to Catholic Identity, which draws from living examples of school life to build a picture of contemporary Catholic identity and religious leadership.

    Religious Leadership: An opportunity to witness the Good News 

    14 July  

    • Workshop 2 
      Celtic Hall 

    This workshop aims to inspire all those whose work interacts with religious education, whether as classroom teacher or as the holder of a formal leadership position. This workshop will use a dialogical approach to support participants as they come to a clearer appreciation of their role as witness to the Good News, wherein their religious leadership can be enacted. Religious leadership is structured around a methodology for theologising and by necessity is open to both difference and to the particular. The Catholic school is enriched by such leadership and opens the possibility of being more fully Catholic when its Catholic identity is made explicit, when it privileges the particular of the Catholic tradition and when at the same time it remains open to the diversity of its community.

    Paul Fumei is currently Education Officer, Religious Education, at Catholic Education Melbourne with responsibility for Catholic Identity and Religious Leadership.
    His main interests include:

    • the ways in which school leaders use their ECSI data to advance the Catholic identity of their schools particularly regarding their perception of self as religious leaders
    • methodologies for enacting religious leadership.

    Paul was previously a principal of a large P–12 college; and a Religious Education Leader in three primary and four secondary schools.

    What Pope Francis Teaches Us about our Mission as Catholic Schools 

    15 July  

    • Workshop 3 
      Celtic Hall 

    The aim of this presentation is to explore the ways in which Pope Francis, in his writings and his ministry, sheds light on our appreciation of our mission as Catholic schools. Attention will be paid to exploring his writings so as to better understand their biblical and theological underpinnings. Pope Francis invites us to reflect more deeply on how we can best respond to the challenges we face as educators.

    Fr Chris Monoghan CP PhD studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and since 2009 has been President of Yarra Theological Union, a college of the University of Divinity. He lectures in New Testament with a particular interest in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, and the letters of Paul. He is committed to making the Scriptures accessible to as wide a range of people as possible and is the author of A Friendly Guide to Paul (2014) and God With Us: The Gospels (2014).

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