BCE has previously hosted a number of Australian and International speakers. Their information and topics, as well as any associated resources, can be found below.

In 2017 we hosted:

In 2016 we hosted:



Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP is a Dominican friar of the English Province, and former Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001. He is the only member of the English Province of the Dominicans to have held this office since the Order’s foundation in 1216.

Timothy Radcliffe entered the Dominican Order in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1971. During the mid-1970s Fr Timothy was based at the West London Catholic Chaplaincy at More House, Cromwell Road, London. Fr Timothy taught Holy Scripture at Oxford University at Blackfriars, and was elected provincial of England in 1988. In 1992 he was elected Master of the Dominican Order and held that office until 2001. During his tenure as Master, he was ex officio Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome.

After the expiration of his nine-year mandate as Master of the Dominican order, Fr Timothy continued as a member of the Dominican community of Oxford. He is now a highly sought after speaker, teaching and preaching in many countries. Fr Timothy occasionally presided at the Mass for gay people at Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, which Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, recognized as part of the Archdiocese’s mission to gay people. Fr Timothy has also worked in the ministry to people with AIDS and in the peace movement.

In 2003, Fr Timothy was made an honorary Doctor of Divinity in the University of Oxford, the University’s highest honorary degree. He was the 2007 winner of the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing for his book What Is the Point of Being A Christian? In 2015 Fr Timothy was named a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Fr Timothy is Patron of the International Young Leaders Network and helped launch Las Casas Institute, dealing with issues of ethics, governance and social justice. These are both projects of Blackfriars, Oxford.​

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Amy-Jill Levine is a university Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies. Professor Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humour. 

These Masterclasses will look at the topics of: 

  • 15th June: Understanding the historical Jesus in the Jewish context. Amy Jill will also explore the concept of dialogue, through looking at how Jews and Christians read scripture differently. 
  • 16th June: Women in scripture. Amy-Jill will look at some of the key women in scripture, with a particular emphasis on the Book of Ruth. She will also spend time with the women who walked with Jesus and the messages that their stories have for us all today.
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Ron Rolheiser was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, in 1947. Following his school years, Ron entered the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his First Vows in September 1966. Ordained to the priesthood in 1972, Ron continued his education, receiving a B.A. (University of Ottawa, 1969), B.Th. (Newman Theological College, 1973), M.A. (University of San Francisco, 1974), M.R.Sc. (University of Louvain, 1982) and Ph.D/STD (University of Louvain, 1983). During and after his own studies, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

Fr. Ron has written numerous books including 

  • Spirituality for a Restless Culture (Twenty Third Publications, Mystic CN 1991) 
  • The Holy Longing, (Doubleday, New York, 1999) 
  • Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist (Doubleday Religion, New York, 2011 
  • Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionary to our own Children (Crossroads, New York, 2006) 

Fr. Ron is in demand and well known as speaker, his retreats and workshops have inspired many. Along with his academic knowledge in systematic theology and philosophy, he has become a popular speaker in the areas of contemporary spirituality and religion and the secular world. 

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Stephen Bevans is a priest in the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). Ordained in 1971, he spent nine years as a missionary in the Philippines, and after doctoral study at the University of Notre Dame he began teaching at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. In Chicago he served as Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture until 2015, and now enjoys Emeritus status at CTU. He is the author of sixteen authored and edited books, has lectured around the world, and is a member of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on
World Mission and Evangelism.

God of Mercy, People of Mercy: The Church’s Mission in a Year of Mercy (29 April 2016)
 As God’s People, the church is a People of Mercy, forming a church with open doors, a church with a mother’s heart, a church that is the house of the father of the prodigal son. It is as a sacrament of mercy that the church engages in evangelization today.

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Thomas Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College and longserving Chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. In addition to being Senior Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, he is Director of BC’s Centre for the Church in the 21st Century – a “catalyst and resource for the reform of the Catholic Church.”
A native of Co. Kildare, Ireland, Tom is widely recognized as one of the leading religious educators/catechists in the world. His major works, now translated into many languages, include:
  • Catholic Spiritual Practices: Treasures Old and New, Ed. with Colleen Griffith, (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Pub. 2013)
  • Will There Be Faith, Harper One; San Francisco, 2011 
  • Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New. Editor with Michael Daley, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010
  • What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life. Harper: San Francisco, 2002
  • Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. New York: Crossroads, 2000
  • Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral MinistrySan Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
  • Christian Religious Education: Sharing our Story and Vision. San Fran: Harper, 1980.
In curriculum writing, Tom is the author and general editor of The Credo High School Theology Curriculum, an eleven book set of texts for adolescent religious education.
He is the primary author of God With Us religion curriculum (K to 8), Sadlier, 1984.
Primary author of Coming to Faith religion curriculum (K to 8), Sadlier, 1989.

Primary author of New and Revised Edition of Coming to Faith religion curriculum (K to 6),  Sadlier, 1995.

He has received many rewards and honors for his work in religious education.
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Trevor Cooling is Professor of Christian Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in England. He started his career as a secondary school teacher specialising in science and religious education. His current post involves him supporting the work of both the Catholic Church and the Church of England in their aspiration to provide a distinctively Christian education for students in their schools, which are largely government-funded and attract both Christian and non-Christian families. Trevor is particularly interested in developing Christian approaches to teaching and learning and has been heavily involved in the development of the widely used What If Learning, which he will talk about during his visit to Brisbane. Trevor's other great interest is in developing Christian responses to faith and belief diversity in education. As such he chairs the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. Trevor is a regular visitor to Australian schools, this being his eighth excursion, although only his second to Brisbane.

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Irish Columban Fr Sean McDonagh is known around the world as an eco-theologian who works to raise awareness on the connections between justice and peace issues, environmental sustainability and faith. 

He is an outspoken critic of policies that allow for the systematic degradation of the environment, linking them to global poverty and the increased suffering of the poor. 

It was during his work with the indigenous T’boli people on the Philippine island of Mindanao in the 1970s and 1980s that his understanding of environmental issues and the relationship between faith, justice and ecology took hold. He spent significant time working alongside creation theologian Thomas Berry in the United States, and strongly urges the church to take up John Paul II’s challenge to undergo a ‘ecological conversion’ advocating that environmental justice must be a core Catholic activity. 

Sean is the author of numerous articles and nine books including Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us, Greening the Christian Millennium, Care for the Earth and Dying for Water. He highlights the causes and consequences of issues such as global warming, genetically engineered food, water pollution, the nuclear industry and loss of biodiversity. He is a patron of Christian Ecology Link and writes a weekly column in The Universe Catholic newspaper.

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