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Events

Guinness and God in 2013

March 5


April 9

Fr Dom Murphy OP

May 7

Dr Ryan Messmore

June 4

Peter Holmes

 July 2


 

“Living in Interesting Times: The Curse of the Modern Catholic” – Professor Greg Craven

Professor Greg Craven (B.A, LLB (Hons), LLM (Melb)), lawyer and academic, commenced as Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU) in February 2008.
An expert in public law, Professor Craven has published numerous journal articles and four books, including Conversations with the Constitution (University of New South Wales Press, 2004). A regular contributor to public debate, he is a columnist for the Australian Financial Review.
Prior to his appointment at ACU, Professor Craven served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, where he also held the position of Professor of Government and Constitutional Law, having previously served as Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.
Australian Catholic University (ACU), established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university, is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.

“Embryo ‘Quality Checks’: Creating the Children we want?” – Dr Deirdre Little

Guinness and God 1 Dr Deirdre Little is a qualified doctor who is deeply involved in many spheres of Catholic life. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1978, and subsequently worked in hospitals for 6 years. She has worked as a GP obstetrician for over 25 years, and is the visiting medical officer at Bellinger River District hospital. She is also on the advisory board for Family Life International, a pro-life organisation which seeks to defend the dignity of the human family and help people across the world make informed decisions in light of their Christian faith.Deirdre is an expert in many areas of the medical realm, and has publicly presented analyses of current graduating oaths in the profession. Deirdre is a former co-editor of the ‘New Parent’ magazine, and in recent years has published articles on pre-natal testing in Australia’s leading journal of ideas, essays and historical and political debate – ‘Quadrant’.Dr Deirdre Little has also co-ordinated local junior and senior youth groups. She presented the local Catholic Radio hour for 11 years, and is an active member of the Catholic Women’s League. She is married to Don, who has been a rural GP for 30 years. They live in Bellingen, a town approximately 30km inland from Coffs Harbour on the north coast of NSW, and have three children.

“Genius of Womanhood – the legacy of JPII” – Karen Doyle

Guinness and God 4 Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She has a wealth of experience in adolescent health and has previously run a large student health clinic. Along with her husband Jonathan, she is the co-founder and national director of Choicez Media, a media organisation that specialises in values-based sexuality seminars and resources. Karen and Jonathan Doyle are sought after speakers both in Australia and overseas. She is also the author of The Genius of Womanhood, a reflection on the role of women in building a culture of life and love in our world. Karen is completing post-graduate, Masters level study in Marriage and Family Studies. She has served on the Executive Council for Natural Family Planning and is also a fully accredited Family Life Educator.
For more info see www.choicez.com.au

“Beyond Good Girl/Good Boy Christianity” – Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Guinness and God 5 Archbishop Mark was ordained to the priesthood in Melbourne in 1974. After his ordination and a few years of parish work, he was sent to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He completed his doctorate in sacred scripture in 1992. He returned to Australia and was made Master of Catholic Theological College in Melbourne. However, after a few years he was sent back to the Vatican, where He spent over four years in the Secretariat of State. In 2001, Fr Mark was appointed the Chaplain to His Holiness. He returned to Australia in 2002 and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. In 2006, he was appointed Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn. Archbishop Mark is a gifted speaker with an extensive knowledge of several languages. He is known to be a cricket tragic in his ‘spare time’.

“Pumas, Prayers and Pistols – The fight for Christian Unity” – Sam Clear

Guinness and God 8 Sam Clear was born in Launceston, brought up on Flinders Island and then on a 1500 hectare property, and now resides in Wollongong. He is a man of many talents.
He is an exceptional sportsman, and played 2 games of reserves AFL football until he felt that God was calling him to do something far greater. He joined the Youth Mission Team (YMT) in 2002, and gained widespread experience in Catholic youth ministry having travelled across Australia as both a team member and a manager for several years.
In late 2006, Sam set out to walk around the world for the sake of Christian Unity. Having to find food and water every day and relying on the hospitality of complete strangers – he was mugged at knife point, threatened at gun point, bashed on the roadside, face to face with dangerous animals and tested by extreme weather conditions. After 15 500 km on foot and 568 days of adventure through South and North America, Siberia and Europe, he has an amazing story to tell.
Since returning from his walk, Sam launched the Walk4One seminar series which have again taken him all over the country spreading the good news and his unique and fascinating story.
Sam and his wife Catherine have been married since last year. He also has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. For more information, see www.walk4one.com

“Humanity and dis-ability: ethics and communities of difference” – Associate Professor Patrick McArdle

Professor Greg Craven (B.A, LLB (Hons), LLM (Melb)), lawyer and academic, commenced as Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU) in February 2008.
An expert in public law, Professor Craven has published numerous journal articles and four books, including Conversations with the Constitution (University of New South Wales Press, 2004). A regular contributor to public debate, he is a columnist for the Australian Financial Review.
Prior to his appointment at ACU, Professor Craven served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, where he also held the position of Professor of Government and Constitutional Law, having previously served as Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.
Australian Catholic University (ACU), established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university, is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.


“Catholicism” – Fr Robert Barron

Fr Robert Barron is a priest from Chicago and the visionary behind the groundbreaking “Catholicism” television series. Come and hear Fr Robert as he explores how one billion Catholics throughout the world grapple with the big questions as they seek to live out their faith in today’s world.

“Connecting with people on the fringes of the church” – Bishop Eugene Hurley

Bishop Eugene Hurley was born and raised in the Flinders Ranges o…f South Australia. He undertook his Secondary School Studies at Sacred Heart College and his Seminary Studies for the Priesthood in Adelaide. Returning to regional South Australia, he served as a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Port Pirie for 43 years. He was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Port Pirie in 1999 and in 2007 was appointed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Darwin.


“Faith in a postmodern world:
Insights from Pope Benedict XVI”

- Fr Chris Ryan MGL

Fr Chris Ryan MGL is a priest with the Missionaries of God’s Love, an emerging congregation of priests and brothers. Fr Chris has been involved in different styles of youth ministry, culminating in coordinating the Australasian Journey of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon in 2007-08 in the lead-up to World Youth Day 08. Fr Chris is currently the rector of the MGL Seminary in Melbourne.


“How to share your faith and not lose friends”
- Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes was trained and served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church prior to becoming a Catholic. Peter’s pastoral training included biblical languages and exegesis, pastoral theology, catechesis and Church history. He was the Manager of Studies at CAEC until 2010 when he took up the position of Lecturer in Scripture at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.