Dr. Gerard O'Shea
BA, Dip Teach, ATCL, M.Ed, Grad Dip Theol. PhD
Associate Professor, Religious Education

Email: Gerard.Oshea@nd.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8204 4200

Biography
Dr Gerard O'Shea is Associate Professor of Religious Education, School of Education, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus).

Dr O'Shea is an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of Religious Education and Catechetics. He is a regular contributor to the international magazine "Catechetical Review", published by the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and he has be widely consulted by Catholic Dioceses within Australia in religious education. He also publishes articles in scholarly journals in Poland, the UK, the US and Australia. His training manual for helping parents address the issues of Christian sexuality with their own children has been consistently in the top selling list of Connor Court Publishers and was by the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano in 2011.

Dr O'Shea and his wife, Anne, have five adult children and six grandchildren. They served as president couple of the National Association of Catholic Families from 2003-2007.

His doctoral dissertation explored the relationship between nature and grace and its application to Religious Education. He also publishes articles in scholarly journals in Poland, the UK, the US and Australia.
Teaching Areas
Religious Education
Research Expertise and Supervision
Religious Education
Theological Anthropology

 

Research and engagement

Books
"As I Have Loved You" – a parent resource for training children in sexuality within the Catholic Tradition. (2011)
Book Chapters
“Raising the Catholic Voice in the Mass Media” in Art and Reality – Ars et Res. (Lublin: Catholic University of Lublin, John Paul II, (2014)
Journal Articles and Proceedings
  • "Nature or Grace And the Appearance of Insincerity – Silencing the Catholic Voice in Public Life" Solidarity (2012)
  • "Restoring the Foundations of Reason and Faith in Religious Education" Studia Elkie (2012)
  • "Towards a K-12 Perspective in Religious Education" Studia Elkie (2012)
  • "Human Embodiment and Trinitarian Anthropology. Six Implications for Religious Education." Studia Elkie (2013)
  • "Shared Christian Praxis, Thomas Groome and Sharing Our Story" in "Review of Religious Education Curriculum", Diocese of Parammatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "Content Analysis of Sharing Our Story" in "Review of Religious Education Curriculum", Diocese of Parammatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "Catholic Identity and Mission" in "Review of Religious Education Curriculum", Diocese of Parramatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "Catholic Education, Religious Education and Catechesis in the Documents of the Church Since Vatican II", in Review of Religious Education for the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "Learning and Teaching in Religious Education: Incorporating an analysis of Theology and Educational Philosophy", in Review of Religious Education for the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "The Primary Role of the Family and Community-Building", in Review of Religious Education for the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "Essential Content of Organic Presentation of the Catholic Faith" in "Review of Religious Education Curriculum", Diocese of Parramatta. (Sydney: Diocese of Parramatta, 2014)
  • "Vulgarised Rahnerianism and Post-critical Recontextualisation: Solvents of Catholic Identity in Contemporary Catechesis." Studia Elckie, 16 (2014) No 3, 341-373.
Conference Papers
  • "Is the Truth a Person?" Deus Caritas Est Conference, Melbourne, 2008.
  • Challenges and Possibilities for Catholics in Contemporary Australian Culture" Inaugural Conference: "Catholic Education in Australia: Challenges and Risks", the Department of the Philosophy of Culture, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. November, 2008.
  • "A Curriculum Design Approach Which Creates Increased Opportunity" (co-authored with Professor Peter O'Shea) 22nd Annual Conference Australian Association for Engineering Education, Freemantle, (2011).
  • "Challenges and Possibilities for Catholics in Contemporary Australian Culture" 5th Annual Conference: "Culture: Challenges and Risks", the Department of the Philosophy of Culture, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. November, 2012.
In the Media
"Reaching the Hearts of Children" Kairos (2010)

“Helping Parents Form Their Children in Christian Sexuality” Kairos (2011)

“Vale Sofia Cavalletti” Kairos (2011)

“Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” Kairos (2012)
Professional Affiliations
Executive Committee, National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Director, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Victoria
Community Engagement
Vice Chairman, Parish Pastoral Council, Good Shepherd Parish, Wheelers Hill.

President Couple, National Association of Catholic Families. (2003-2007)

President, Corpus Christi Seminary Parents and Friends Association. (2012-2014)

Melbourne Archdiocesan delegate, World Meeting of Families, Mexico City. (2008)