Gavin Brown, BA(Hons), GradDipEd, MTS, PhD

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Gavin Brown’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

Big Questions in Australian Catholic History, Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, (digital format, forthcoming 2020).

“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.

Damian Cash, The Road to Emmaus: The Blessed Sacrament Congregation in Australia, Victorian, a book review by Gavin Brown. 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.

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