Social Policy Connections Newsletter, July 2014

You can read the July 2014 newsletter by clicking on this link. This newsletter — as well as previous editions — can be found on the SPC website.

Rites + People + Places – 2015 Liturgy Study Tour

When: Four weeks from early November 2015

Who: Tours Leaders – Margaret Smith sgs & Stephen Hackett msc

Expressions of Interest are due by 30 September 2014: 

Please see this flyer for more information and this FAQ which contains Frequently Asked Questions, Testimonials, and pictures from previous tours.

Vice Chancellor’s Scholar 2014

Each year up to one graduand per College is named as a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar. The award is made by the Vice-Chancellor on the nomination of the Colleges. A Vice-Chancellor’s scholar has demonstrated excellence in fulfilling one or more of the University’s Graduate Attributes. This may include academic excellence, contribution to the College community, and service to wider society. The award is recorded on the graduand’s academic transcript.

Alexander Joseph Abbey (Sandy) is the YTU Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar in 2014. The citation reads as follows: Alexander Abbey has made an outstanding contribution to life at Yarra Theological Union. His giftedness as a theological student is attested by his grade average and the publication of an article on the Syllabus of Errors in the Australasian Catholic Record. He has been Secretary of the Students’ Representative Council and student representative for Field C.

YTU Handbook 2014

The YTU Handbook for 2014 is now available for download.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education – 2014

YTU offers the course, Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education, which is taught at the rate of one unit per semester over two years at Box Hill and Sale. See the details of this course here.

When the course is successfully completed, a registered teacher in a Catholic school can apply to the Catholic Education Office for accreditation to teach religious education in a Catholic school.

The Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) offers sponsorship for many applicants and applicants will already have submitted their application form which is always posted on the  CEVN website (Catholic Education Victoria Network). Applications for 2015 open on Monday 21 July and close on Friday 22 August 2014. The Catholic Education Office in Ballarat also offers sponsorship, and Application forms are available from the CEO (Ballarat) website and completed applications are to be returned to: Dr. Gina Bernasconi, Religious Education Centre, Catholic Education Ballarat, PO Box 576, Ballarat 3353. Enquiries about the Sale course can be directed to Dr Sr Rose Duffy csb via: or direct 5622 6624. See this flyer for details of the Sale  program.

There is one application form for all new students sponsored or independently funded. Please complete and send this form to YTU as soon as possible.

First year students will be asked to re-enrol during the last class of their second unit, and some out of sequence students will also be asked to re-enrol so they can complete the award. See here for this form.

The dates for all 2014 classes — Box Hill, and Sale — are in this document.

For further information, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator at YTU, Revd Dr Michael A. Kelly CSsR on 9890 3771 ext 4 or .

FIRE Carriers

FIREFriends Igniting Reconciliation through Education

During the Inaugural Mass on Friday 15 March, Vicki Clark of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Victoria, presented to YTU the FIRE Carriers Symbol in acknowledgement of YTU’s commitment to Reconciliation. This involves an ongoing commitment to developing a Reconciliation plan and continuing to promote Reconciliation throughout the YTU community, continuing to support the Opening Doors Foundation and incorporating Aboriginal spirituality into YTU’s identity. For more details and an image of the Fire Carriers symbol please see this brochure.

Financial Support of YTU

YTU is an important centre for theological education and ministerial formation for the churches of Australia, Asia and Oceania. It is a Recognised Teaching Institution of the MCD University of Divinity and offers awards from Diploma to Doctorate. It is governed by a number of Catholic Religious Orders. It is ecumenical in terms of faculty and in its offering to students drawn from the communities of religious orders but its largest constituency is the wider lay community. If you would like to support the work and mission of YTU you might like to consider some form of financial support. Details of how you might contribute are in this form.


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