Gavin’s interests centre upon the history and theology of Christian worship. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2003, focussing on the history of the Eucharist in pre-Vatican II Australian Catholic culture. He has subsequently published articles on the Eucharist, liturgy and prayer in a range of journals, both local and international. Presently, Gavin is working on his first book entitled Christ in the Antipodes: The Eucharist in the Making of the Australian Catholic Church, 1818-1962. In addition to his position at YTU, Gavin also teaches Religious Education at St Columba’s College in Essendon.
Recent publications include:
- “Praying Together in the Dark: Theological Reflections on Shared Prayer within Interreligious Dialogue,” Australian E-Journal of Theology 20 (April 2013): 18-33.
- “Centripetal and Centrifugal: Mapping Theological Understandings of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist,” Compass: A Review of Topical Theology 46 (Winter 2012): 26-32.
- “The Two Bodies of Christ: Communion Frequency and Ecclesiastical Discourse in Pre-Vatican II Australian Catholicism,” Church History 79 (June 2010): 359-409.
- “From Stages to Strands: Re-Interpreting the Liturgical Movement,” Pacifica 23 (February 2010): 58-83.
- Review of Damian Cash, The Road to Emmaus: The Blessed Sacrament Congregation in Australia, Victorian Historical Journal 80 (June 2009): 124-126.
- “The Evil State of Tepidity: Mass-going and Absenteeism in Nineteenth-Century Australian Ecclesiastical Discourse,” Journal of Religious History 33 (March 2009): 28-48.
- “Christ the Immolated One: The Language of Eucharistic Sacrifice in the Pre-Vatican II Theology of Thomas Muldoon,” Australasian Catholic Record 85 (July 2008): 317-336.