Keynote Presenters (Click icons to watch, read or listen)
Fr Stephen Bevans SVD Stephen Bevans is a priest of the Society of the Divine Word. Ordained in 1971, he served from 1972 until 1981 as a missionary to the Philippines and is currently the Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, where he has taught since 1986.
Fr. Bevans has lectured all over the world, including the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany and Italy, and in many places in the United States as well. He is the author of Models of Contextual Theology (1992), An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective (2009), and, with Roger Schroeder, Constants in Context (2004) and Prophetic Dialogue (2011), and, with Jeffrey Gros, Evangelization and Freedom (2009). He has served as president of the American Society of Missiology (2006) and on the board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2007-2009).
Dr Maryanne Loughry RSM Dr Maryanne Loughry AM is a Research Professor at Boston College, Massachusetts at the Graduate School of Social Work and the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice. Dr Loughry is a Sister of Mercy and the Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia she been associated with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) since 1988 commencing work in the Indochinese refugee camps in the Philippines (1988) and the Vietnamese Detention Centres in Hong Kong (1990, 1992–93) as a psychologist and trainer. Dr Loughry is also a research associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford where she was the Pedro Arrupe tutor in Forced Migration for over seven years (1997–2004).
Presently Dr Loughry is also a member of the Australian Government’s Minister of Immigration’s Advisory Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD) and serves on the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC). She has conducted research and programme evaluation in numerous refugee and conflict settings including Lebanon, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Syria, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa and Sierra Leone. In 2010 Dr Loughry was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for service to refugees and displaced persons.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP Anthony Fisher received degrees in History and Law from the University of Sydney before entering the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1985 and ordained a priest in 1991. Thereafter, Anthony completed a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Anthony Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Anthony the third Bishop of Parramatta.
Since 2004, Bishop Anthony has been an ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the body that advises the Church on bioethics. He recently published Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium (Cambridge University Press).
In 2011, Bishop Anthony received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame Australia.
On 18 September 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Anthony the ninth Archbishop of Sydney.
Mr Graeme Mundine Graeme Mundine, a Bundjalung man from Northern NSW, has been involved in Church and Indigenous affairs for more than three decades. As a Marist Brother he commenced his working life as a teacher and later worked in youth ministry. In 1991, Graeme took up the role of inaugural Chair and Coordinator of the newly formed National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC). He was instrumental in establishing NATSICC as a vibrant Aboriginal voice within the Catholic Church. Graeme then joined the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC), a commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). Graeme is now the Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Fr Denis Edwards Denis Edwards is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of Australian Catholic University, Adelaide campus. He is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide and is involved as a priest in residence in Tranmere parish. He is a member of the national Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue, a member of the national Australian Anglican–Roman Catholic Commission and involved with the SA Council of Churches. Denis has been engaged in some of the international series of conferences on science and theology, which have been co-sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (Berkeley) and is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion. Recent books include: Ecology at the Heart of Faith; How God Acts: Creation, Redemption and Special Divine Action; Jesus and the Natural World; and Partaking of God: Trinity, Evolution and Ecology.
Mrs Jacqui Remond Jacqui Remond is a mother of two children under 7, with over fifteen years’ experience as an environmental educator and advocate. She is National Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency of the Catholic Church in Australia, and now lives in Manly. Catholic Earthcare Australia is mandated, through the activities of research, education, advocacy and outreach to give leadership in responding to Pope John Paul II‘s call for an “ecological conversion” of humanity. Among other things Jacqui is developing partnerships and ecological conversion programs to enable the Catholic Church in Australia to become a leader for ecological sustainability, through the ASSISI Initiative and the NEEN Project.
Jacqui is Convenor of the National Council of Churches Australia Eco Mission Project, the NSW Eco Mission network and represents the Catholic Bishops on the Australian Education Sustainability Alliance and the Justice & Peace Advisory Council in Sydney.
Professor Patrick Dodson Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to advocating a constructive relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue.
He is a former Royal Commissioner into the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, former Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and was co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Patrick is a former Catholic priest.
Patrick lives in Broome with his family, where he is involved in social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability through his roles as Chair of the Lingiari Foundation, and Executive Chair of Nyamba Buru Yawuru. He is currently adjunct Professor at Notre Dame University Australia.
In 2008, Patrick Dodson was awarded the Sydney International Peace prize for his courageous advocacy of the human rights of Indigenous people and his significant contribution to peace and reconciliation.
Conference Panellist and Workshop Presenters (Click on the links below to read their bios)