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Connecting theology to everyday life

4 August 2017 | General Interest

BBI’s Academic Dean, Professor Anthony Maher has urged a group of talented BBI graduates to continue drawing upon what they have learned through their theological studies, connecting it to their everyday work in Catholic education.

Professor Maher was speaking at a Recognition of Graduation Ceremony at Cathedral House in Newcastle on 27 July for 21 BBI graduates working in local Catholic schools who have recently received their Graduate Certificate in Religious Education or Master of Theology through BBI and the University of Newcastle.

Professor Maher shared an analogy of the study of theology with the graduates, comparing it to “finding a problem in the stream time and time again”, but learning to address it in “the river upstream” to find the source of the problem rather than concentrating on a solution.

BBI graduation in Newcastle

Special guests at the ceremony included the Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright DD and the Director of Schools, Dr Michael Slattery who presented the graduates with their certificates.

Bishop Bill led a moving Liturgy for the graduates which featured readings, hymns and prayers celebrating the unique vocation of the teacher in a Catholic school.

Dr Slattery congratulated the teachers, praising them for their commitment to their faith and their studies and he urged them to continue evangelising and leading others around them in Catholic schools. He also encouraged them to continue engaging with theological studies in the years ahead, reading the latest writings from Pope Francis and from respected theologians in the field of religious education.


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