General Interest

A new year has begun for teachers and leaders wanting to further their studies in Religious Education and Theology with an agreement being signed between the Lismore catholic Schools Office and the Australian Institute of Theological Education (formerly known as The Broken Bay Institute).

In 2017 Bishop Gregory Homeming OCD asked that a pathway be made available for students who received CSO scholarships for study which led to closer ties being established with BBI-TAITE.

In late May, Dr Gerard Goldman (BBI-TAITE’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer) signed a memorandum of understanding for providing course services for the next five years with Lismore’s Director of Catholic Schools, David Condon and Gary Reen, Assistant Director, School Evangelisation and Catechetical Services.

Mr Condon said he was pleased to endorse the Bishop’s direction and that much goodwill comes from the alignment of study services for students.

“The Diocese needs well-formed, faith-filled and accredited staff and leaders in our schools,” he said. :Accreditation to both teach and lead is a priority for the Catholic Schools Office in maintaining strong Catholic identity, and promoting the wonderful project entrusted us all by the Catholic Church, that is maintaining quality Catholic parish schools. This initiative will assist us in this endeavour.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the partnership with the CSO Lismore – the outcome of placing current Diocesan strategic directions within the study units is unparalleled in Australia.”

The agreement for scholarship recipients carrying out graduate and master’s courses begins in 2019.

Published with permission from Catholic Weekly, 17 June 2018.