ACU Centre for Liturgy study opportunities


The ACU Centre for Liturgy offers the following sessions:

“The Ageless Voice of the Young: Fostering Emerging Liturgical Musicians”: Online public lecture by Mr Steve Warner, renowned liturgical musician, composer and emeritus director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, on 20 May 10am – 11:30am. Register at (The lecture will be recorded.)

Online study opportunity – THLS606 Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith is an intensive post graduate unit being offered concurrently as a professional learning seminar, over four days 8, 9, 10, 11 July 2024, 9am-5pm delivered live online via Zoom. It will be taught by Professor Clare Johnson and guests. The minimum professional learning commitment is 12 hours over the four days with no assessment requirement.

It investigates the celebration of liturgy (particularly the Eucharist) in light of the revised Roman Missal, recent church instructions and key writings on the major liturgical and theological principles for liturgical celebration. It investigates liturgy’s definition and forms, liturgical ministries at the service of the worshiping assembly, and employing technology appropriately in liturgy, among other topics. It identifies guidelines for preparing and evaluating effective liturgical celebrations in schools and parishes today.

Teachers, clergy, parish and diocesan personnel and interested others are most welcome to enrol in this unit as professional learners (not for assessment) or auditors or as part of a postgraduate program (through ACU or cross-institutionally). Register at A certificate of attendance will be provided to those seeking professional accreditation hours.

Online study opportunity – THCT608 Theology of Marriage and Holy Orders. August 3 and 4, 17 and 18, 9am – 5pm delivered live online via Zoom. This is an intensive post graduate unit being offered concurrently as a professional learning seminar, over two weekends.

This unit studies the theology of Marriage and Holy Orders by considering their biblical and theological foundations, historical development, ritual enactment, and contemporary issues in dialogue with pertinent ecclesial documents.  The Catholic sacrament of Marriage is studied as a lifelong partnership between a baptised man and woman – a contract, covenant and sacrament. The distinctive nature of sacramental marriage is addressed within our contemporary sociological context, and questions of divorce, remarriage and communion will be explored.  In considering Holy Orders, the unit will analyse: Vatican II’s teaching on the priesthood of the faithful and its relationship to the ministerial priesthood; the three degrees of Holy Orders; the restoration of the permanent diaconate; and the Church’s teaching on the Catholic priesthood, celibacy and gender.

Teachers, clergy, seminarians, liturgists, pastoral associates, parishioners and all who have an interest in Catholic sacraments are welcome to register for this professional learning seminar at