Role of laity since Vatican II topic of Professor Rowland lecture at Notre Dame

Professor Tracey Rowland will deliver a public lecture titled ‘Laity in the life of the Church since Vatican II’ on Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus on Thursday 4 June 2015.

7 May 2015

Internationally renowned theologian and Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne, Professor Tracey Rowland, will deliver a free public lecture at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus on Thursday 4 June 2015.

Professor Rowland, also an Adjunct Professor of Notre Dame’s Sydney Campus, will deliver a lecture titled ‘Laity in the life of the Church since Vatican II’.

Professor Rowland’s impact on Catholic theology and philosophy has been recognised by the Church in Australia and across the globe, making her one of the most eminent speakers and scholars on faith and culture today.

Professor Rowland has published widely, including three books and more than 100 articles on contemporary Catholic theology and political philosophy. She is well known both in Australia and internationally for exploring and presenting the theology of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, especially in her works Ratzinger’s Faith and Pope Benedict XVI for the perplexed. A fourth book titled Catholic Theology is due to be published later in 2015.

In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Professor Rowland to be one of five women on the 30-member International Theological Commission, which assists the Holy See as part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

“As Australia’s first lay-founded Catholic university, the topic of Professor Tracey Rowland’s lecture is especially significant to us,” Professor Celia Hammond, Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, said.

“Notre Dame is committed to providing special opportunities for its staff, students and wider community to explore and further their understanding of faith, and how they can use these experiences to grow both personally and professionally.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Rowland to the Fremantle Campus and look forward to exploring some of the big questions surrounding the role of lay Catholics in today’s society.”

Event Details

Date: Thursday 4 June 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia
Tannock Hall of Education (Building ND4)
Corner of Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle

To RSVP for this event, please email or call +61 8 9433 0575.

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093;