Catholic Education Conference

Over 200 delegates gathered in Hobart for the Catholic Education Conference New Wine in New Skins in May this year.  The Conference was a comprehensive and holistic celebration of our Catholic identity covering our work in Catholic Education in Tasmania, in Mission and Religious Education and in God’s work.

We wanted to introduce teachers and leaders in Catholic Education to the new global conversations in educational and pastoral theology.  The Conference was relevant for the classroom and the staffroom, and nourished the spirituality and sense of mission of all in Catholic education, especially those focused in Religious Education and ministry.

“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17) 

As well as participating in an extraordinary array of workshops, delegates had the opportunity to celebrate Mass with Archbishop Julian Porteous, who also addressed the Conference.  There was a Ceremony of Attainment for graduands of Broken Bay Institute’s Masters and Graduate Certificate of Theology, and the delegates heard from keynote speakers Peta Goldburg (Associate Dean Catholic Identity and Partnerships and the foundation Professor of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University), Bishop Gregory John O'Kelly SJ AM VG (an Australian Jesuit and the Bishop of Port Pirie), and Professor Wayne Hudson (a social philosopher working across the fields of philosophy, history, politics and religion).

Delegates took away with them the great significance of Pope Francis’ expressed priorities for Catholic Education (as emphasised by all our keynoters and many workshops), of encounter with Jesus Christ, of dialogue and reflection, of New Evangelisation and its critical social dimension, and the vital quality of our work in Religious Education and the whole curriculum.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the Conference, and to the people involved in making it so successful.

Tony Brennan, Team Leader Mission and Religious Education, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

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For more information on the Conference and to see more photos visit the Catholic Education Conference online.