Through our Xavier Centre, we offer theological formation opportunities for lay persons, religious and clergy across Australia. Our courses range from short courses, to professional doctorates and research degrees, to a wide array of tailored professional learning and in-service opportunities.
Providing for multiple points of engagement, and across any variety of delivery modes, these opportunities directly support pastoral leaders, associates and planners, health care, educational and welfare professionals, leaders of Diocesan agencies, and all who contribute to religious and parish life.
Explore available learning opportunities, or contact us to discuss how we can work with you to meet your organisation’s professional development needs.
As Australia’s leading Catholic university, we’re committed to providing a distinctive perspective on higher education: one that will equip you and your staff with the skills and knowledge to respond to the challenges of our contemporary world.
We offer learning opportunities that furnish you with a capacity to think theologically, while directly fostering the biblical and theological literacy to:
For senior staff in Catholic agencies and organisations, we’ve developed a full suite of flexible educational and development opportunities anchored by the concepts of leadership in Catholic identity and mission, formation, and health and social ethics. These include:
We tailor each option to provide the specific knowledge and skills you require to lead the Catholic identity, mission and ethos of your organisation with integrity, authenticity and authority.
Framed by an engagement with scripture, theology, spirituality, supervision and leadership, the Xavier Centre provides a context for individuals and communities to reflect on faith and service.
We design all of our programs to address the real-world issues facing Catholic organisations and agencies today, and underpin them with robust scholarship and demonstrated research excellence. You’ll benefit from multiple points of engagement and a selection of delivery modes, as well as a learning design that responds to emerging questions and contextual need.
When you study with us, we’ll guide you through a practical engagement with theologies that:
Learn about upcoming opportunities we offer through the Xavier Centre, including future programs and events, and contact information.
Alongside their important research work, the ACU Centre for Liturgy and the Queensland Bioethics Centre offer consulting and professional development in their specialist areas.
Leadership for Mission is a two-year, part-time program designed by and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person.
This distinctive offering brings together the leadership experiences of women in the Church, within the context of an academic and collaborative learning environment.
The KU Leuven Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) project is a tool for enhancing Catholic identity in schools within an increasingly secular and pluralist global society.
We offer academic programs designed to guide leaders, teachers and staff within Catholic educational institutions towards a theologically grounded understanding of the ECSI project.
Director, Xavier Centre for Theological Formation
As a musician and composer, Dr Maeve Louise Heaney, interweaves the fields of theological aesthetics, spirituality and the arts. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she is a consecrated missionary of a Catholic institute for consecrated life, the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. Dr Heaney completed her Bachelors in Theology at the Instituto Teológico San Pablo Apóstol in Madrid and her licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. During that time, she taught at both the Gregorian and the Rome base of the Catholic University of Dallas. She was Bannan Fellow 2011–2012 at Santa Clara University, California, teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.
Director of Stakeholder Relations
Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is the Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and a researcher in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at the Melbourne Campus. Before joining ACU in 2011, he earned his doctorate in theology from the University of St Michael’s College in Toronto. He is a chief investigator in the major research program Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic.
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