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BBI hosts Leading for Mission & Catholic Identity Seminar

25 July 2017 | General Interest

Leaders from the Catholic education and health sector from across Australia have participated in a highly successful two day seminar on 21 and 22 July at BBI’s offices in Sydney on the topic Leading for Mission and Catholic Identity: Insights from Vatican II.

The seminar was led by two internationally respected theologians- Professor Massimo Faggioli from the University of Villanova USA and BBI’s Academic Dean, Professor Anthony Maher. It brought together 80 participants representing 70 different Catholic institutions from across Australia.

Through the two-day seminar, participants were able to gain a practical understanding around the significance of Vatican II and gain a deeper insight into 21st Century ‘inclusive’ Catholicism with a strong focus upon the teachings of Pope Francis on Mission and Identity. The seminar covered key topics such as the changing role played by the laity since Vatican II and obstacles to contemporary mission and identity, including the rise of fundamentalism over recent decades.


Participants were then able to draw practical lessons from the course content, enabling them to apply fresh insights in their own personal professional context and in some cases, use the seminar to help meet professional development accreditation requirements for working in a Catholic organisation.

The seminar was also an integral part of a new academic unit being offered for the first time in Trimester 2 at BBI- LEAD802 Leading for Mission and Catholic Identity: Insights from Vatican II. The flexible delivery of the unit allowed students to cover eight of the twelve sessions in this course during the intensive face-to-face seminar, while completing the remainder of the course online. BBI students enrolled in any discipline (Leadership & Theology; Religious Education, Theological Studies; or Governance & Canon Law) are eligible to undertake the unit.

“The seminar was a challenging, provocative and scholarly opportunity to gather, learn and share with fellow Catholic leaders”, remarked one of the students in the course.

“The two days were tremendous. Thank you to all the BBI staff behind the scenes for all their hard work, hospitality and welcome”, added another student.


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