More speakers to be announced soon.
Associate Professor Katharine Massam is a historian of faith and belief with a strong focus on religious communities. Her early publication on Catholic spirituality (Sacred Threads, University of New South Wales Press, 1996) pioneered attention to the ‘lived experience’ of religious belief in Australia. Her book, A Bridge Between: Spanish Benedictine Missionary Women in Australia (Australian National University Press, 2020) was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2021, and another study of a religious community, Vision and Mission: Presentation Sisters in Victoria 1958-2021, is forthcoming in 2022. Katharine is Research Co-ordinator at Pilgrim Theological College within the University of Divinity, Melbourne where she also convenes the university’s strategic goal in Gender and Theology.
Eileen Glass has been a member of L’Arche* for forty-seven years. After graduating from Monash University, she spent three years as a secondary school teacher in Melbourne, before travelling overland to Europe, where she discovered the community of L’Arche at Trosly Breuil in France. She lived for two years in L’Arche Winnipeg in Canada and returned to Australia in 1976, where she was involved in establishing the first Australian community of L’Arche in Canberra.
From 1993-2001 she was the coordinator of L’Arche for Asia and the western Pacific. In 2012 she was named Vice International Leader of L’Arche and served five years in that position.
In 1991 Eileen undertook formation as a Spiritual Director at the Heart of Life Centre in Melbourne and had led many retreats for groups within and outside L’Arche over the years. She has a practice in spiritual direction and has been involved in the training of spiritual directors.
*L’Arche is an international Federation of communities where people with and without the experience of intellectual disability share life
The Reverend Dr Tim Watson is Rector of Holy Cross Hackett in Canberra. Born in Cheltenham, UK, Tim grew up in an Anglican family, studied history and French, and worked initially as a university lecturer. He moved to France in 2002 to join a religious community, Chemin Neuf, which grew out of the charismatic renewal in the 1970s and has a particular call to work for the unity of Christians. It was there that he met his wife Kate, an Australian Roman Catholic, and they were married in 2006.
After studying for the ministry in England and France, Tim was ordained in 2011, and served in the Dioceses of Liverpool and Chichester, before discerning God’s call to move with his family to Australia at the end of 2018.
As a member of the Church of England’s Advisory Council for Relations between Bishops and Religious Communities, Tim has also served the renewal of religious life both within the Anglican Communion and ecumenically. He has had the privilege of getting to know a wide range of traditional, new, and emerging communities over the past few years.
An experienced musician, Tim has a passion for creative worship that brings together the best of traditional and contemporary styles.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse was appointed Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia in 2013. He was previously the Bishop of Sale Diocese (2009 – 2013). In 2001, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2001 and in the same year he was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne.
Archbishop Prowse is a current member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference as Chair, Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Church Ministry. He was a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Rome but recently resigned. In 2014 he was appointed Consultor to the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.
The Francis Project
The Francis Project will be leading worship at the one day seminar in November 2021.