Emeritus Dean of Theology, Gregorian University delivers Jesuit Studies lecture series

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Spring 30-9-2011

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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Miracles - The Resurrection in the 21st Century and the Presence of Christ in the Liturgy were two of the topics presented by Fr Gerald O'Collins SJ, AC at the 2011 Jesuit Studies lecture series, co-hosted by The University of Notre Dame Australia and The University of Western Australia in September.

Each year a Jesuit scholar is invited to deliver the lectures which were established to commemorate the strong connection between St Thomas More College and the Society of Jesus.

This year’s Visiting Professor, Australian born Father Gerald O'Collins SJ, AC., Emeritus Dean of Theology, Gregorian University (Rome), is known around the world as a lively and popular lecturer. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Ireland, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.

Fr O'Collins completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and spent thirty-three years teaching at the Gregorian University where he was Dean of Theology from 1985-91. Professor Matthew Ogilvie, Dean of the School of Philosophy and Theology, Fremantle, said that it was a privilege to have Fr O’Collins presenting at UNDA.

“He is a pre-eminent Australian theologian and one of the world’s foremost theologians of the Resurrection,” explains Professor Ogilvie.

“His lectures brought great clarity to the variety of Resurrection theories circulating today. He dealt authoritatively and sensitively with many other theologians and writers.

“Fr O’Collins’ lecture on The Presence of Christ in the Liturgy also helped clarify some issues that have become very important in the light of the new translation of the missal.

“He also gave generously of his time to undergraduate students who sought his help with their work on the Resurrection. Fr O’Collins’ lectures were a valuable addition to the life of the School of Philosophy and Theology.”

Whilst in WA, Fr O’Collins also presented at UWA, St Charles Seminary in Guildford and to the Benedictine monks at New Norcia.

Fr O'Collins has authored or co-authored sixty books. The latest include: Philip Pullman's Jesus (Darton, Longman & Todd), Rethinking Fundamental Theology (OUP) and Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (also OUP).

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