Dr Paul Collins to Speak on the Plenary Council

Renowned Catholic Author
To speak on the Plenary Council, Monday, 10th February, 2020
at 7.30 pm - Prouille School Hall, 5 Water St, Wahroonga

Dr Paul Collins will be discussing the upcoming Plenary Council (the first in Australia since 1937) taking into account Pope Francis’ emphasis on a ‘synodal’ type of governance used in the New Testament and the early church. He will speak about the Council in a wider social context and focus on the Plenary’s emphasis on evangelization.

dr-paul-collins-2Paul is the author of fourteen books on topics ranging from belief, the Church and the Papacy, to Ecology and Australian history (even a book on the history of Australian Bushfires!)

He has a master's degree in theology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in History from the Australian National University (ANU). He has taught church history and theology in Australia, the United States and Pacific countries and worked as a Catholic parish priest in Sydney and Hobart. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU and the Ethel Hayton Visiting Fellow in Religion and Society at the University of Wollongong.

Collins has written for many Australian newspapers and magazines as well as for The Tablet, the National Catholic Reporter in the United States and for several Catholic magazines in Germany. He was, for a time, Editor of Religious Programs at the ABC.

As the year progresses we, at Holy Name Wahroonga Parish, will be examining the main themes for the Plenary Council and ask, “What might these mean for us a parish community?”

Dr Paul Collins’ discussion will be an invaluable help to focus our thinking.