RE Conference 2018

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Registrations for the RE Conference 2018 have opened!



The Catholic Education Melbourne Religious Education Conference 2018 will take place at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July 2018.

The conference theme, Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy, is an opportunity for school staff and parishes to come together to dialogue, engage in workshops and explore the theme of Spreading Joy.


The cost for school staff is $330 per person and the cost for parish personnel/volunteers is $100. This fee includes morning tea and lunch over the two days as well as the pre-dinner drinks and dinner on Thursday evening.


Speakers at the conference include the keynote speakers below and many others. Details of all our speakers can be found here.


Dr Emmanuel Nathan
Head of School of Theology, ACUDr-Emmanuel-Nathan

Dr Maeve Louise Heaney
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy, ACUDr Maeve Louise Heaney

Angela Markas

Angela Markas

Dr Emmanuel Nathan is the National Head of the School of Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, ACU. He is also a lecturer in biblical studies, a member of the faculty’s Interreligious Dialogue Network, and coordinator of the short courses in theology for Sydney and NSW. He is an adjunct member of ACU’s La Salle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education, and serves as an external member of the Academic Board of the Catholic Institute of Sydney. Emmanuel holds a PhD (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor) from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Dr Maeve Louise Heaney is a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACU and a consecrated missionary of a Catholic Institute for Consecrated Life, the Verbum Dei Community. She completed her licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, during which time she was doctoral representative and a member of the university Senate. As a musician and composer, she interweaves the fields of theological aesthetics, spirituality and the arts, with a specialisation in the symbolic form of music in theological reflection. Angela Markas is a woman of deep faith and a strong sense of social justice. Angela was chosen to represent young Australian Catholics at the Pre-Synod Gathering in Rome to prepare for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, which will be held in October 2018. Angela, a member of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Melbourne, is currently studying at the University of Melbourne and, in addition to her involvement in her parish, she is involved in a range of initiatives to support people who are homeless, those who are vulnerable and those who are marginalised.


A choice of workshops are held each morning and afternoon. Visit our online agenda for details and to book into one morning and afternoon session per day. Workshop sizes vary and are capped. If a workshop is full, the system will inform and allow you to make an alternative selection.


For any queries, please contact Leeanne Hounsell at Catholic Education Melbourne on (03) 9267 0228 or email