Rev Dr David Ranson

Theol M (MCD, 1998), PhD (ACU, 2009)




Between the ‘Mysticism of Politics’ and the ‘Politics of Mysticism’:  Interpreting new pathways of holiness within the Roman Catholic Tradition, (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2014).


The Hospitality of Ministry:  Exercising Christian ministry with a Trinitarian heart. Strathfield, NSW:  St. Pauls Publications, 2012


The Paschal Paradox: A meditation on contemporary priestly life. Strathfield, NSW:  St. Paul’s Publications, 2009.  Republished as The Contemporary Challenge of Priestly Life: A Meditation on the Paschal Paradox.  (Mahwah, New Jersey:  Paulist Press 2010).


Across the Great Divide – Bridging Spirituality and Religion Today.  Strathfield, NSW:  St. Paul’s Publications, 2002.




Living in the Holy Spirit – Elements of Catholic Spirituality.  Canberra, ACT:  Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 2008.



Booklets Edited


‘Know what you are Doing: Imitate the Mystery you Celebrate” Encouraging the Priestly Heart The Priests of Broken Bay, (Pennant Hills, NSW: Diocese of Broken Bay, June 2010). A publication in commemoration of the International Year for the Priest. July 2009- June 2010


Conscience in Action:  Bridging the Gap.  Humanita Occasional Papers 4.  Canberra:  Humanita Foundation Inc., 2003.


The Body:  Blessing or Burden? Humanita Foundation Occasional Papers 3.  Canberra:  Humanita Foundation, 2001.


Desire:  To Have or Not to Have?  Humanita Foundation Occasional Papers 2.  Canberra:  Humanita Foundation, 2001.


Renewal and Resistance:  Human Development and Sexuality in the Church Today, The Humanita Foundation Occasional Papers 1, Canberra:  Humanita Foundation, 2000.



Chapters in Books

“The Challenge for Priestly Formation in Australia after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse,” in Models of Priestly Formation: Assessing the Past, Reflecting on the Present, and Imagining the Future, E- book Edition, edited by Declan Marmion, Michael Mullaney, Salvador Ryan, (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019), 239ff.


“Reflection by David Ranson on Letters 96-100,” in Dear Mother Dear Father: Letters home from John Corcoran Wallis 1927-1949, edited by Bernadette Wallis, (Bayswater, VIC: Coventry Press, 2019), 383-384.


“Foreword,” in Jane N. Dowling, Child, Arise! A spiritual handbook for victims of sexual abuse, (Melbourne: David Lovell Publishing, 2015).


“Priestly Life in Australia since Vatican II,” in Vatican II: Reception and Implementation in the Australian Church, edited by Neil Ormerod, Orm Rush, David Pascoe, Clare Johnson & Joel Hodge (Melbourne: John Garrett, 2012), 137-153.


 Das Aufkommen von Gemeindeletung durch Laien im Australischen Kontext: Kontext, Erörterung und Herausforderungen,” in Germeindeleitung duch Laien? Internationale Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse edited by Michael Böhnke and Thomas Schüller (Regensburg:  Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 2011).


“Catholic Identity,” in Identity and Mission in Catholic Agencies. Edited by Neil Ormerod, (Strathfield:  St. Pauls Publications, 2008), 83-99.


“Pathways into Mystery,” in Mystery:  The Heart of Life and the Core of Faith.  Edited by Gerard Moore (Homebush:  St. Pauls Publications, 2006), 51-68.


“Becoming Reconciled” in Reconciliation:  A Hunger in Society and the Church.  Edited by Gerard Moore.  St Pauls Windows Into Series 4. (Homebush:  St. Pauls Publications, 2004), 55-65.


Why I am still a Catholic:  Stories of faith and belief.  Collected by Kate Englebrecht.  (Melbourne:  David Lovell Publishing, 2003), 


“Preface.” Kevin O’Farrell ocso, Life with Mary:  A Monastic Journal, (Brisbane:  Nazareth Productions, 1999), 3-4.



Articles in refereed journals


“From Secular Institute to Ecclesial Movement: Conjunctions of the Sacred and the Secular in the Twentieth Century,” Australasian Catholic Record89 (April 2012), 133-146.



“Priesthood within a Community of Ministries, Australasian Catholic Record 88 (October 2010), 470-483.


“Priesthood, Ordained and Lay – One in the Heart of the Other; Possibilities and challenges in the Australian context,” Australasian Catholic Record 88 (April 2010), 146-161.


“’Conversation:  Our Only Hope’: David Tracy’s Response to the Presence of Otherness” Australian eJournal of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Issue 15 (January 2010)


“Religious Life into the Future,” Australasian Catholic Record 85 (October 2008), 456-463.


“Suffering, Prayer and Hope: An Australian Perspective on the Encyclical of Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi: On Christian Hope.”  Compass 42 (2008), 25-30.


“Forming a New Generation of School Leaders”  Australasian Catholic Record  83 (2006), 415-421


“From Fear to Love: Building an Australian Culture of Hospitality.”  Compass 40 (Winter 2006), 34-39.  Reprinted in Tjurunga:  An Australian Benedictine Review 71 (November 2006), 53-61.


“The New Age of Holiness:  Vatican II Today and Tomorrow,” Compass 40 (Autumn 2006), 24-28.


“Response to Mark Raper, The Church as Agent of Hope,” Compass 39 (Winter 2005), 36-37.


“The New Age of Christian Spirituality:  Responding to ‘Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian Reflection on the New Age,” Australasian Catholic Record 81(July 2004):3, 296-307.


“A Spirituality of Healing and the New CHA Code of Ethical Standards.” Australasian Catholic Record 80 (January 2003), 70-76.


 “Maleness:  A ‘New’ Context in Spirituality” Australasian Catholic Record 79 (July 2002), 299 – 308.


“Re-visioning Spirituality:  A Millennial Challenge for Australia.”  Conference:  Journal of the Catholic Education Conference, 17 (May, 2000):1, pp. 20-24.


“Evangelising an Unknown Future” Conference:  Journal of the Catholic Education Conference, 17 (August 2000): 2, pp. 7-12.


“The Experience of Silence in the Christian Monastic Heart,” Tjurunga 55 (November 1998), 39-45.


“A Catholic Spirituality Today –Building a Ghetto or Opening Horizons”.  Conference:  Journal of Catholic Education Conference 13 (September, 1996), 56-58.


“What is the Gift of Religious to Tomorrow’s Church?”  Compass 29 (1995),


“Feast of the Cistercian Founders:  Australia Day, 26 January 1994.” Tjurunga 47 (1994)


“Fire in Water:  The Liturgical Cycle in the Experience of South-East Australian Seasonal Patterns.”  Compass 26 (1992)



Book reviews in refereed journals


Review, Eugene Stockton, The Deep Within: Towards an Archetypal Theology (Blue Mountains Education and Research Trust, 2011), Australasian Catholic Record 90 (January 2013), 124-125.


Review, Pauline Wicks, God will Take Care of us All: A spirituality of Mary MacKillop (Strathfield, NSW:  St. Pauls Publications, 2009), Australasian Catholic Record 87 (April 2010), 247-249.


Review, Paul Goodliff, With Unveiled Face.  (London:  Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005) in e:Okonomia, Sydney College of Divinity ejournal of Theology, Ministry and the Arts, 2006: 04, n1,, 1 May 2006.


Review, Jean Vanier, Befriending the Stranger  (London:  Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005) in e:Okonomia, Sydney College of Divinity ejournal of Theology, Ministry and the Arts, 2006: 04, n1,, 1 May 2006.


Review, Kelly, Tony, The Bread of God:  Nurturing a Eucharistic Imagination.  (Sydney:  HarperCollinsPublishers, 2001) in Pacifica 15 (October 2002).


Review, van Gelder, Anna-Louise (ed). What Can Australia do to Create a More Just World.  (Jesuit Sequicentenary Social Justice Seminar Series.  Melbourne:  Jesuit Publications, 2000) in Australian Catholic Record Vol 79 (2002):1, 116-117.


Review, David Tacey, Jung and the New Age.  London:  Brunner-Routledge, 2001.  In Eremos 80 (August 2002), 35-37.


Review, Celibacy:  A Way of Loving, Living and Serving, by Richard Sipe. (Alexandria, Australia:  E.J. Dwyer, 1996) in The Australasian Catholic Record, 74(1997):2.


Review, Land Marks:  A Spiritual Search in a Southern Land, by Eugene Stockton, 1990, in Tjurunga 40 (1991).


Review, God Within by Oliver Davies, 1988 in Pacifica 3(1990):3.


Review, Word and Spirit 6 (St, Bede Publications, 1984) Cistercian Studies 1986.




Articles and book reviews in non-refereed journals

“The Ministry of Governance: Developing the Theological Competencies to Steward the Mission,” Health Matters Catholic Health Australia 74 (Winter 2015), 16-19.


“Our Cry for Healing,” Mission and Spirituality E-Newsletter 8 (16 March 2012),


“The Agony of the Cross,” YourFaithProject 26 March 2012,


“How to Catch a Lion: Waiting, Watchful, Wakeful:  Living the Resurrection,” YourFaithProject 2 April 2012,, cited in The Parish Bulletin Newsletter For Sunday May 6th, 2012, Fifth Sunday of Easter Issue 19.12


“Forming Vocation in the Heart,” Mission and Spiritualty E-Newsletter 9 (4 May 2012),


“Discipleship under the Southern Skies,” Aurora Newspaper of Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, 115, (July 2012). 14.  Reported on, 9 July 2012 


“The Lesson of Nature:  Trusting in a Power Not our Own.”Mission and Spirituality E-Newsletter 10 (8 July 2012),


“Speaking the Prophetic Word,” The FaithProject 24 July 2012,


“Witness is about Actions, not Feelings,”TheFaithProject  (21 August 2012),


“To be Seen or to be Known,” TheFaith Project (27 August 2012),


“Finding one’s identity an issue for the Church, too” Catholic Health Australia Health Matters  64 (Summer 2012), 12-13.


“Pastoral Care in the Holistic Care of Older Persons,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter, November 2011.


“Forgiving without Forgetting,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter,  November 2011.


“The Question in the Silence of Suffering,” Mission and Spirituality NewsletterSeptember 2011,


“Dancing with the Spirit: Celebrating Pentecost,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter August 2011,


“Spiritual Dimensions of an Ecological Response,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter June 2011,


“Hope Rising in the Ashes: Celebrating ANZAC in Easter Light,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter  May 2011,


“Confronting Seduction:   Entering the Season of Lent,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter April 2011,


“Called to a Conversion from Innocence,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter November 2010


“A Sister to us All: Celebrating the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter October 2010,


“Anything perfect is never beautiful” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter September 2010,


“Beyond Fear into Love:  Listening Again to the Events of our Life,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter August 2010,


“Jesus: True God, True Man,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter July 2010.  Reprinted in Broken Bay News n.138 (September 2010), 20-21.


“The Grey Winter and the Solace of Fire,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter June 2010.


“An Endless Cycle Broken:  The Gift of Mary to the World,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter May 2010,


“Waiting, Watchful, Wakeful: Living the Resurrection,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter April 2010;


“A Journey of Continuous Dimensions” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter March 2010,


“The Agony of the Cross,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter February 2010,


“The Quality of Mercy,” The Furrow 60 (December 2009), 681-685.


“Living a Dream or a Fantasy.” Mission and Spirituality News November 2009,


“Choosing which Way to Live in the City,” Mission and Spirituality News October 2009.


“To be Seen or to be Known,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter September 2009.


“Time Out is Time For”  Mission and Spirituality Newsletter August 2009


“Living the Priestly Heart.”  Mission and Spirituality Newsletter July 2009


“Acting for a Culture of Love.”  Mission and Spirituality Newsletter June 2009


“The Spirit of Paradox,” Eremos:  Exploring Spirituality in Australia, n. 107 (May 2009), 8-10


“Australian Sanctity:  The possibility in our memory of Mary MacKillop,” The Summit 36 (May 2009), 10-11.


“Mary, Mother of the Word.” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter May 2009


“The Difficulty in the Delight of Prayer,” Terra Spiritus Volume 5 (April 2009:2),

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“A Light Shines in the Darkness:  Celebrating the Resurrection.”  Mission and Spirituality Newsletter April 2009


“The Touch of God in the Midst of our Anguish (Mark 1:40-45)” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter March 2009.


“The Invitational Light of Easter – The Priest and the Paschal Mystery,” The Furrow 60 (February 2009), 90-97.


“Waiting, waiting, waiting,” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter February 2009


“Living in Christian Paradox,” TerraSpiritus Volume 4 (Issue 5 2008),


“Australians Seasons and the Liturgy,” Mission and Spirituality News (November 2008)


“Reflections on the Abuse of Power,” The Bridge 7 (November 2008), 6-7.


“Resistance to Seduction,”  Terra Spiritus 4 (2008:4),


“Attending to both God and Neighbour.”  Mission and Spirituality News (October 2008)


“What Does the Bible Say about Sex?’  The Furrow 59 (September 2008), 477-486.


“Our Mission as Apostles,” Mission and Spirituality News (September 2008)


“A Leadership of Mercy,” Mercy Focus 9 (4 September 2008), 3-6.  Reprinted in Listen:  Journal of the Institute of the Mercy Sisters of Australia  26 (December 2008), 21-25.


“We Witness by our Actions not our Feelings.”  Mission and Spirituality News (August 2008),


“Remembering a Good Story: Entering the Cycle of Ordinary Time”  Mission and Spirituality News (July 2008)


“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you/” (Acts 1:8), Mission and Spirituality News (June 2008)


“The Light of Easter,”  Mission and Spirituality News (April 2008),


“The Lenten Journey”  Mission and Spirituality News (March 2008)


“Influences on the Australian Spirit.” TerraSpiritus 4 (2008:2),


“A Pentecost Reflection”  Mission and Spirituality News (May 2008),


“Telling our Australian Story . . . Priestly Life,” VocNET:  Journal of Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia 10 (Summer 2007-2008), 7-10.


“Thérèse of Lisieux”  Terraspiritus:  Nuturing Spirituality for Today, Volume 3 Issue 3, July 2007, 


“What Kind of People do We Want to Be?” The Mix:  Journal of Catalyst for Renewal Incorporated. Vol 12 (March 2007), 4-5.


“Aussie Panorama”  An Interview with David Ranson by Michael Hill IC, Tui Motu InterIslands, April 2007, 21-23


“’The Often Silent Cry’ A digest of talks given to bishops and congregational leaders of New Zealand.”  Tui Motu InterIslands, May 2007, 8-10.


“From Fear to Love:  Building a Culture of Hospitality,” Online Catholics #95, 15 March 2006.


“Meeting the Resurrected Christ” The Mix 11 (April 2006), 4-5


“Meeting the Resurrected Christ,” The Furrow 56  (November 2005), 610-616.


“The Place of Intersection,” Mission and Spirituality News (October 2005),


“The Trinity:  Source of Ministry.”  The Furrow 56 (May, 2005), 284-292.


“Does Prayer Make a Difference?”  The Mix:  Journal of Catalyst for Renewal Inc. 9 (November 2004):9, 3.


“Spiritual Leadership,” The Furrow 55 (2004), 554-562.


“The Body as Sacrament:  Perspectives from the Christian Tradition.”  In The Body:  Blessing or Burden? Edited by David Ranson. Humanita Foundation Occasional Papers 3.  Canberra:  Humanita Foundation, 2001.


“The Gospel of Reconciliation” Eremos 78 (February, 2002), 4-10.


“Relics – Veneration of God’s transforming Grace” Catholic Weekly 61 (14 April 2002), 11.


“Priest:  Public, Personal and Private” The Furrow 53 (April, 2002), 219-227.  Extracts  reprinted in  Resources (Boston College) (Spring 2011).


“The Climate of Sexual Abuse” The Furrow 53 (July/August 2002), 387-397.


“Memory and Imagination:  New sources of Catholic identity.”  The Furrow 52 (November, 2001), 605-611.


“Landscape and Liturgy:  A Meditation” Liturgy News 31(March 2001):1, 3-4.


“Sexual Abuse and Initial Formation”, The Furrow 51 (April 2000), 223-229.


“Conversation and Conversion – Professional Misconduct in the Catholic Church”; The Furrow  50 (December 1999), 660-665.


“The Dawn of New Light” The Summit 26: 4 (November 1999)


“Time to Go Inside:  The Spirituality of Ordinary Time”, The Summit 26 (May 1999)


“Telling a Good Story:  The Spirituality of Ordinary Time 2”, The Summit 26 (July 1999)


“Prayer is a Journey”  The Spirit 14 (June 1998):2, 5-6


“Jesus:  True God and True Man”, The Spirit 14 (June 1998):2, 15-16.


“Faith in Church”  The Mix, 3 ( July 1998), 5


Review:  “Merton:  An Enneagram Profile” by Suzanne Zuercher (Notre Dame Indiana;  Ave Maria Press, 1996) in The Catholic Leader 6 October 1996


Review:  “Watchers in the Morning:  A Spirituality for Contemporary Christians” by Graeme Rutherford, Hallel 20 (1995):1


“A Sermon for St. Patrick’s Day.” Hallel 18 (1993): 2.


“The Dynamic in Christian Social Work.” Record 75 (1991): 2.



Peer Reviewer

Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review “The Social Commitment of Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement” January 2014.


Irish Theological Quarterly, “Living Baptismally:  Nurturing a Spirituality for Priestly Wellbeing.” (September 2013).





 Review:  Between the ‘Mysticism of Politics’ and the ‘Politics of Mysticism’:  Interpreting new pathways of holiness within the Roman Catholic Tradition, (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2014).

Robert Gascoigne in Australasian Catholic Record, 92 (January 2015), 118-120


Neil Brown, Our Quest for God, (Strathfield:  St Pauls Publications, 2014).


Review:  Between the ‘Mysticism of Politics’ and the ‘Politics of Mysticism’:  Interpreting new pathways of holiness within the Roman Catholic Tradition, (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2014).

 Brendan Purcell, University of Notre Dame Australia in Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture 3:1 (March 2014), 79-25.


Joan Wright Howie, “Faith, Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society,”


Carol Hogan, Kim Power and Anne F. Elvey, Reinterpreting the Eucharist:  Explorations in Feminist Theology and Ethics, (Routledge, 2014).


Jim and Therese D’Orsa, Leading for Mission: Integrating Life, Culture and Faith in Catholic Education, (Melbourne, Vic:  Vaughn Publishing 2013), Acknowledgements.


Gabrielle McMullen FRACI, “Reflections on Catholic Identity and Mission,” Mannix College, Occasional Papers One,


David Tacey, “Contemporary Spirituality, “in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare, edited by Mark Cobb, Christine M. Puchalski, Bruce Rumbolt,  (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2012), 474.


Vocations Awareness Week 5-12 August 2012, Broken Bay News 157 (August 2012), 4,5.


Stuart C. Devinish, Seeing and Believing:  The Eye of Faith in a Visual Culture,  (Eugene, Oregon:  Wipf & Stock, 2012), Testimony, page xx.


Richard Rymarz The New Evangelisation: Issues & Challenges for Catholic Schools” page 175, footnote 44.


Keenan, Marie.  Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church  Gender, Power and Organisational Culture (Oxford University Press, 2012), 31, 43, 48, 138.


Kevin Long, “Review of David Ranson, The Paschal Paradox, in Pacifica 24 (June 2011), 243-245.


Coles, T. & Vassarotti, T., ‘Ageing and Identity Dilemmas for Men’, Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, (2011)


Confraternity of Christian Doctrine of Diocese of Broken Bay, Walking with Jesus Pathways of Discipleship – Stage One Year 2, (2011), 73.


Eugene Stockton, The Deep Within:  Towards an archetypal theology (Blue Mountain Education and Research Trust, 2011), cover endorsement.


David Tacey, “Grassroots Spirituality as a Wholistic Expression of the Psyche,” International Journal of Jungian Studies, 3 (2011)


Alison Newell, “From the Diocesan Office” Connections: CCD Newsletter 16 (Term One 2011). 3.


PhD Thesis:  William Sultmann, “Stones Cry Out: A Gospel Imagination for Catholic School Identity”, ACU McAuley Campus, Queensland, Australia (March 2011)


BTh Hons Thesis:  Loan Li, “Charism:  Foundation and Future of Religious Life,” Sydney College of Divinity (May 2011).


Review of Living in the Holy Spirit: Element of Catholic Spirituality


Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, “Eucharistic Living:  An applied theology of Priestly Life in the Archdiocese of Adelaide.” March 2010.


Hal Ranger, Called to be Sign of Communion:  The ordained priest in 21stcentury Australia, Voice Series, Quarterly Essays on Religion in Australia, (Melbourne:  John Garratt Publishing, 2010), 25,58.


John Honner, “Spirituality and Human Services,” Esthers Voice Conference, Melbourne, 8 December 2009.


Gail Gill, “Animating Leadership in the People of God,” Compass 43 (Spring 2009), 19.


Gerard Moore, “Review of The Paschal Paradox” Mission and Spirituality Newsletter March 2009


Review of The Paschal Paradox” by Brian Grenier, Catholic Leader, 22 March 2009 (Issue 5042), 16


“Springtime for our Church: The Spirit of Paradox – possibility and challenges for the Australian Church”  An account of John Wallis Memorial Lecture, The Tasmanian Catholic 5 (April 2009:2), 8-9


“The Spirit of Paradox”  An account of John Wallis Memorial Lecture, Pathways (April 2009), Catholic Religious Australia


Hal Ranger, “Life and Ministry of a Priest Today,” The Swag (Autumn 2009), 16, 18


Archbishop Adrian Doyle, “Homily for the Chrism Mass, Hobart: 7 April 2009.…/Homily_Chrism_Mass_09.pdf


Monthly quotation from The Paschal Paradox in Catholic Church Resources’ weekly, “Putting the Parish Bulletin to Bed” notes for 1,100 Australian Catholic parishes, celebrating the 2009-2010 “Year for the Priest.”


Paul O’Donnell, “A Catholic Appreciation of Memory:  An Address to Campion College,” New Springtime:  Publication of the Australian Catholic Students Association (July 2009 Conference edition),


David Hall, “Friends of a Compelling God:  Forming Australian Marist School Leaders in Uncertain Times.”  D. Min Thesis Proposal, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, May 2009.


Elizabeth Julian, “Baptised into Christ: From Paul to WATAC”Address to the WATAC NSW ConferenceFunction Centre, Canterbury Park, Sydney2 May 2009’Baptised%20into%20Christ’%20from%20Paul%20to%20WATAC.pdf


Excerpt from “Priest: Public, Personal, Private,” (The Furrow 53) in The Swag 17 (Winter 2009), 22-23.


Clare V. Johnson, “Relating liturgical time to ‘place-time’: the spatiotemporal dislocation of the liturgical year in Australia,” in Christian Worship in Australia, edited by Stephen Burns and Anita Monro, (Homebush, NSW:  St. Pauls Publications, 2009), 33.


Keenan, Maree, “Them and Us: The Clergy Sex Offender as ‘Other’” in Tony Flannery (ed), Responding to the Ryan Report, (Columba Dublin 2009), 180-231, also published as „Sie und wir“ –Das Täterbild des „Anderen“ bei sexueller Kindesmisshandlung durch Kleriker,


Wright Howie, Joan Florence, “The Embodied Experience of Grace as Maternal Embrace,” A Master of Arts thesis submitted to The Institute for Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Formation Centre of the Melbourne College of Divinity  (2009)


Carmel Pilcher, “Marking Liturgical Time in Australia:  Pastoral Considerations,” in Christian Worship in Australia, edited by Stephen Burns and Anita Monro, (Homebush, NSW:  St. Pauls Publications, 2009), 56.


Eaude, Tony, “Happiness, Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health:  What has children’s spirituality to offer?” International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 14 (August 2009).


Martin Dixon, A New Era of Pastoral Leadership:  Consolidation and challenge, Melbourne:  John Garrett Publishing, 2008), 8.


Brendan Hyde, Children and Spirituality:  Searching for meaning and connectedness (London, UK and Pennsylvania,USA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008), 25-26.

Kate Adams, Brendan Hyde, Richard Woolley, The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood(London, UK and Pennsylvania,USA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008


Brian Lucas, Peter Slack, William d’Apice, Church Administration Handbook (Strathfield, NSW:  St Pauls Publications 2008), 26n.


Eulalie O’Keefe, “Our Story and Spirituality,” Cross Currents:  Quarterly newsletter of the Parish Support Unit, Diocese of Broken Bay,  1 (Issue 1 2008), 9.


Gerard Moore, Review of Living in the Holy Spirit: Elements of Catholic Spirituality


James Cross, Pilgrimage to Life:  A true story of suffering and grace.  (Sydney:  Free Thinking Media, 2008), 204.


Denis Horton, “Spirituality – awakening to Mercy’s call” in Mercy Focus Volume 9. (10 June, 2008), 2


Penelope A. Edman, Around the Kitchen Table: with the Missionary Sisters of Service, (Hobart:  The Missionary Sisters of Service, 2008), 241-242, 270.


Mark O’Brien, “Some Thoughts towards a Dominican Idea of Leadership.” Keynote Address, Dominican Education Council Symposium, August 2007.


Archbishop Michael Miller, Secretary Congregation for Education, “Catholic Educational Leadership in the 21st Century,” Keynote Speech, 4thInternational Catholic Educational Leadership Conference, Sydney 30 July 2007.


Raymond Canning, “Review of A Hunger for Reconciliation (St. Pauls Publications, 2004), Pacifica 20 (June 2007).


Sr. Katrina Brill rsj, “The Laity Strand” An Address to the 2007 Plenary of the International Union of Superiors General, 6-10 May 2007, Rome


Geoffrey Robinson, Confronting Power and Sex in the Church:  Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus, (Melbourne:  John Garratt Publishing, 2007), 10, 23.


Catherine Garrett, Gut Feelings: chronic illness and the search for healing


Bloemhard, Anna, “Practical Implications of Teaching Spiritual Care to Health Care Professionals,” (2006),


Cosgrove, Brian, “Clerical Sex Abuse in the Church,” The Furrow 2006.


Catherine Kovesi, Pitch your tents on distant shores:  a history of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in AustraliaAotearoa/NewZealand and Tahiti, (Caringbah, N.S.W:  Playright Publishing, 2006), 386.


Sandra Schneiders:  “Approaches to the Study of Christian Spirituality,” in The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, edited by Arthur Holder (Oxford:  Blackwell Publishing, 2005), 25,32.


Gerry Notzon, ‘Bridging Spirituality and Religion’:  Review of Across the Great Divide  (2004),  Catholic Weekly February 6, 2005, page 15.


Elizabeth Mara, “The answer is yes” The Mix, Vol 10 (May 2005): 3, p3.


Nancy Ault, “Envisioning a Systems-Based Spirituality for Lifelong Christian Education.” Colloquium 37 (May 2005), 45-67.


David Tacey, The Spirituality RevolutionThe Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality.  (Sydney:  HarperCollinsPublishers, 2003) 228


Review of Across the Great Divide by Eugene Stockton in Eremos 82 (February 2003), 32-33.


Review of Across the Great DivideThe Mix 7 (September 2002), 8.


Marie Keenan, “Child Sexual Abuse:  the Heart of the Matter.”  The Furrow Vol 53 (November 2002), 597-605.


Michael Wood, Editorial, The Summit:  Journal of the Office for Worship Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Vol. 27 (2000:4),  2


David Tacey, ReEnchantment:  The New Australian Spirituality, (Sydney:  HarperCollins Publishers, 2000), 251, 266


“Priests’ Identity Crisis” and “What Sexuality should mean to Celibate Pastor” in The Catholic Leader, 22 February, 1998, page 12.


Alan Reid, Banksias and Bilbies:  Seasons of Australia (Melbourne:  Gould League of Victoria Inc, 1995), 6


Ron Browning, Streets Ahead:  Building Communities of Hope in the Suburbs of our Cities, (Melbourne:  Albatross Press, 1992), 58-59.


Denis Edwards, “Sin and Salvation in the South Land of the Holy Spirit.” Discovering an Australian Theology, Edited by P. Malone (Sydney:  St. Paul Publications, 1988), 100-101.




Writing Projects


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia, National Response Protocol: Responding to Concerns and Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse, 2020.


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Ratio Nationalis for the Formation of Priests, Introduction, 2020.


Diocese of Broken Bay, Accompanying Notes to Synod Statements, September 2011.


Rationale for Formation to Priestly Life in the Diocese of Broken Bay, Published December 2007.


Ecclesial Women:  A new vocational opportunity in the Diocese of Broken Bay (November 2007)




Academic Conference Papers


“Everywhere and Nowhere:  Experiencing God in a Decentered Context,” Conference Keynote Presentation, Association of Practical Theology in Oceania, “Explorations to Recover an Ecclesial Sense of Place and Purpose,” Sancta Sophia College, Sydney University, Camperdown, NSW 28 November 2014.


The Mystical-Political Dialectic:  Towards a Paradigm of Political Sanctity,” Paper delivered, Australian Catholic Theological Conference, North Sydney, 9 July 2011.


“The Emergence of Lay Leadership of Parishes in the Australian Context:  Context, Canvass and Challenges,” at the Conference, “Parish Leadership by Laity: International Experiences and Perspectives on Canon 517§ 2” Münster, Germany 12-15 October 2010.


“’Conversation:  Our Only Hope’ An Exploration of David Tracy’s Response to Uncertain Times.”  Presented at the Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture, “Truth and Truthfulness in Uncertain Times,” Catholic Institute of Sydney, 2 October 2006.


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