Visiting Scholar 2017
Reverend Professor Eamonn Conway

Professor Conway is a priest of the archdiocese of Tuam, who is currently based in Ireland as the Head of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College.

As well as authoring and editing several books, Father Conway has served on a number of Irish Government Advisory Bodies. This includes the Information Society Commission for which he chaired the Working Group on Ethics & Values in a Digital Age and was a member of the e-Futures and e- Committees. He also served on the Advisory Panel of the Irish National Economic and Social Development Learning Office.

In 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him as an expert adviser to the XIII World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation. Since 2011, Prof Conway has been Chair of the Peter Hünermann Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Theology in Europe. In 2014, he was appointed to the expert panel of the Holy See’s Agency for promoting quality assurance in Pontifical Universities and Ecclesiastical Faculties for a five-year period and in 2015 he was appointed to the Theology Committee of the Irish Bishops Conference.

As part of his tenure on Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus, Reverend Professor Eamonn Conway, will deliver public lectures at Notre Dame and St John of God hospitals in Subiaco and Murdoch.

For further information contact Chrissy Bateman on 9433 0575 or email

Public lectures 2017

The Future of Priesthood and Ministry in the Catholic Church
Tuesday 11 July | 6pm

After nearly three decades of involvement in the initial and continuing formation of priests and lay ministers, Fr Conway is convinced that a pastoral priority for the Church today is to deepen the understanding of baptism as foundational for the mission and ministry of the lay faithful. This presentation will examine issues such as the working relationship between priests and lay ministers, power and authority in the Church, decentralisation, and clericalism. Fr Conway is author of Priesthood Today: Ministry in a Changing Church as well as several articles on priesthood and ministry. He recently lectured on this topic at Boston College and spoke to the Church on the 21st Century research group.

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia Santa Maria Lecture Theatre (ND1), 19 Mouat Street, Fremantle

Implications of Laudato Si’ for how we Christians Live Our Lives
Tuesday 1 August | 6pm

Pope Francis’ encyclical Praise be you: On Care for our Common Home is a wake-up call to humanity in regard to the state of the planet, and indeed the human race itself. The encyclical has found a deep resonance within and beyond the Catholic Church. This presentation will examine the personal opportunities and challenges the encyclical presents for believer and non-believer alike, attending particular to the difference following Christ can make to bringing about what Pope Francis calls “an ecological conversion”. Author of a commentary on the encyclical which he had the privilege of presenting to Pope Francis, Fr Conway will also speak about his practical experience of overseeing primary teachers using Laudato Si’ to great effect in Catholic schools.

Lecture Notes

Assessing Pastoral Priorities in light of The Joy of Love/Amoris Laetitia
Tuesday 22 August | 6pm

Amoris Letitia is a beautiful testimony to God’s original plan for the human family. It is a core part of Pope Francis’ charter for mercy and speaks in hope-filled joyful, simple yet realistic terms of love, marriage and familial relationships. It offers hope in particular to all those living in fragile and wounded family situations and calls for the Church to integrate them more fully into its life and accompany them with mercy. Fr Conway has lectured widely on the writings of Pope Francis and is author of a Study Guide to Amoris Laetitia entitled The Joy of Love: Love in the Family.

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Lecture Notes