Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop of Brisbane

Archbishop Mark came to Brisbane over ten years ago and is well known for his robust knowledge of and ability to teach scripture, specialising in the Gospel of Luke.

He has recently just completed two terms as President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

At the Summit Archbishop Mark will be sharing his vision and priorities for the future of the Archdiocese in this changing era.

Bishop Tim Norton SVD

Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

Bishop Tim Norton SVD was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane in St Stephen’s Cathedral on 22 February, 2022.

He has an intense interest in culture, and the mission of God in the world, whatever shape or form that may take. He is a big advocate for ministry to multicultural communities and has worked thus through his Order all over the world.

Sherry Weddell

Author & Co-founder of Catherine of Siena Institute, USA

Sherry is the author of the best-selling book Forming Intentional Disciples and Fruitful Discipleship. She is also the editor and contributor to Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples.  

She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute which trains Catholic leaders in 21st Century evangelisation and well-known for its Called & Gifted discernment process, designed by Sherry in 1993.

Fr Frank Brennan

Jesuit Priest, Rector of Newman College.

Fr Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest and Rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne, a professor of Law and a research professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

He chaired the National Human Rights Consultation for the Rudd Government and was a member of the Turnbull Government’s expert panel which conducted the Religious Freedom Review.  He served on the Senior Advisory Group to the Morrison Government help guide the Co-Design process to develop options for an Indigenous voice to parliament.

Lana Turvey-Collins

Plenary Facilitator

Lana is the Mission Director for Catholic Mission in Australia a role she has recently returned to after being seconded by the Australian Bishop Conference to be the Plenary Facilitator from 2020-2022 to facilitate the process of listening, dialogue and discernment of the future of the Church in Australia.

Lana has a wealth of experience in senior leadership, strategic planning, facilitation and stakeholder engagement. Prior to this Lana has worked as diocesan director in Sydney and Broken Bay and spent time Zambia working with the Zambian Bishops Conference and the Pontifical Missions Society. 


Renee Kohler-Ryan

University of Notre Dame

Professor Renée Köhler-Ryan is the National Head of School of Philosophy and Theology for the University of Notre Dame Australia. A philosopher by vocation, she has over the past few years been involved with the activities of synodality in Australia. Dr. Köhler-Ryan chaired the Discernment and Writing Group on “Conversion, Renewal, and Reform” for the recent Plenary Council of Australia, where she was also a delegate and member of the Drafting Committee. She also represented the ACBC in preparing the synthesis report for Oceania for the Continental stage of the Synod on Communion, Participation and Mission. She is actively involved in providing programs of study and professional development for teachers, with a commitment to Catholic education in all of its dimensions.

Robert Falzon

Co-founder, menALIVE

Robert Falzon is a husband, father, businessman, co-founder of menALIVE and published author.

In 2007 Robert sold his primary manufacturing business to focus in a full-time volunteer capacity with menALIVE, a national Catholic men’s ministry.

Robert is the author of How to Grow a Men’s Ministry and co-author of The Father Factor and presented a 12-part program The Gospel of Life for Shalom Media.


Bishop Ken Howell

Archdiocese of Brisbane

Bishop Ken Howell was ordained a priest in 1983. Between 1994 and 1997, he completed a Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical Institute Sant’Anselmo in Rome.  He has served the Archdiocese of Brisbane for many years in several roles including as Secretary for the late Archbishop John Bathersby, Dean of the Cathedral of St Stephen, Vice Rector of the Seminary, and chair of the Archdiocesan Commission on the Liturgy for which was the inaugural chair.  He has served in the Parishes of Noosa District, Burleigh Heads, The Cathedral and South Brisbane.

On 14 June 2017, Bishop Ken was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane at the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane. He is now the Secretary for the Queensland Bishops, Parish Priest for Kangaroo Point East Brisbane Parish and Director of the Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese. In February 2021, he was also appointed as Vicar General of the Archdiocese. He is also liaison Bishop to the Holy Spirit Seminary and he forms ordination candidates in the art of presiding.

On 14 June 2017, Bishop Ken was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane at the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane. He is now the Secretary for the Queensland Bishops, Parish Priest for Kangaroo Point East Brisbane Parish and Director of the Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese. In February 2021, he was also appointed as Vicar General of the Archdiocese. He is also liaison Bishop to the Holy Spirit Seminary and he forms ordination candidates in the art of presiding.


Bishop Greg Homeming

Diocese of Lismore

Bishop Greg Homeming OCD, is an Australian Chinese born in Sydney on 30 May 1958. He took the degrees of Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws at Sydney University, was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and worked as a lawyer in Sydney until1985. At the end of 1985, the Bishop joined the Discalced Carmelite Order, making his first profession on 1 February 1987. He completed his priestly studies at the Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne taking the degrees of Bachelor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity and Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. The Bishop was ordained a priest on 20 July 1991 and has held, within his Order, the positions of Major Superior, Novice Master, Prior (at Varroville and St Ives) and Director of Retreats, a ministry of particular interest to him. Until his appointment as Bishop of Lismore, he was the Regional Vicar (Major Superior) of the Discalced Carmelites in Australia. He was ordained Bishop of Lismore 22 February 2017.


Peter Holmes

University of Notre Dame

Dr Peter Holmes is married with eight children. Raised an Evangelical, Peter was trained and served as a Lutheran Minister before working in counselling, consulting and teaching roles within the Catholic Archdioceses of Melbourne and Sydney. He spent 6 years as the Manager of Studies for Catholic Adult Education Sydney. Since 2007, Peter has lectured in Scripture, Theology and biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek). Peter’s research interests include the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the relationship between faith and reason and his PhD on the theology of masculinity​. Peter served as the Chair of the Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal writing group for the Plenary Council.


Thelma Parker

Thelma Parker Consultancy

Thelma is an Aboriginal woman from Wangkamana/Warluarra and Kalkadoon clan group, born in Cloncurry and lived the majority of her earlier life in the western Queensland region. Thelma is the only person in Australia with the permission to facilitate the Blanket Exercise, which originated in Canada.

Thelma has vast experience in achieving positive educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Her previous roles include: chairperson for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC), Head of School at the Edmund Rice Education Australia Mount Isa Flexible Learning School and a number of roles in Catholic Education and Reconciliation Australia. Thelma has recently started her own consultancy firm to partner with businesses and organisation in truth telling and support first nations people.


Maeve Heaney


Associate Professor Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF is a consecrated member of the Verbum Dei Community and Xavier Chair for Theological Formation at Australian Catholic University. A theologian, musician, and composer, she specializes and researches into the areas of theological aesthetics, music, spirituality, ministry and leadership. She is currently President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association (ACTA). Her most recent publication is called Suspended God: Music and a Theology of Doubt (London: Bloomsbury, 2022), and in 2020 she released her 5th album of original music: Strange Life: The Music of Doubtful Faith. The Verbum Dei Community’s charism is that of a dedication to prayer and ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4), so opening spaces to explore how to pray is one of her passions.


Dr Paul Morrissey

Campion College

After completing his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Lateran University in Rome and his Doctorate at the Catholic Institute in Sydney, Dr Paul Morrissey taught systematic and moral theology at the University of Notre Dame for eight years. In 2015, he became President of Campion College, a private tertiary institution and Australia’s first liberal arts college.


Fr Scot Armstrong

Brisbane Oratory 

Fr Scot Anthony Armstrong is a member of the Brisbane Oratory in formation. His areas of specialisation are patristics and philosophical anthropology. He worked as a violinist, and occasionally as a violist, director/conductor before entering the seminary.


Kym Keady

Ignite Youth

Kym is currently the Director of Ignite Youth. As a counsellor, youth worker, author and inspirational speaker, Kym draws on thirty years of ministry experience of working in the Church; helping leaders, young people and women realise their potential and worth. She has worked in a variety of settings like parish, school, retreat ministry and ecclesial movements in the areas of youth ministry, pastoral care, event planning, leadership formation, and women’s formation.  She is also the founder of Real Talk Australia, part of the Senior Leadership Team for Emmanuel Community, Brisbane and has completing her masters in Leadership and Theology. Kym is married to Patrick, a mother to three young adult children, 2 son in laws and proud Nana to 3 grandchildren. Despite her achievements and passion for ministry, Kym’s heart is most at home with her children, the three people she knows she will profoundly affect like no other audience she will ever have the honour of speaking to. 


Roby Curtis

Emmanuel City Mission

Roby Curtis is an Ipswich born, Brisbane based urban Catholic missionary with a heart & calling to serve the poor of the city. Married for 16 years to wife Kathryn, Roby is a family man first and foremost, raising their seven beautiful children in the Emmanuel Community. His passion for the service of the poor first began in 2003, after a lifechanging pilgrimage to Rome for the beatification of Mother Teresa. This experience, alongside a personal faith encounter resulted in Roby dedicating his life and ministry to the poor and vulnerable of Brisbane. Roby and his likeminded team have since been at the forefront of Brisbane Homelessness through Emmanuel City Mission: a daytime sanctuary in the heart of the city for the last 9 years, whereby they welcome and care for up to 120 vulnerable people each day.


Steph Unger


Steph Unger is a teacher, Christian singer/songwriter and Youth Leader who specialises in shaping and facilitating empowering and inspiring experiences of encounter for young people. Steph is passionate about helping young people know that they are made in the image and likeness of God and to provide authentic and life-giving opportunities where they feel seen, valued, heard and loved. Steph’s background in teaching and ministry has helped her have a unique perspective of the joys and possibilities that strong, mutual and positive relationships between Parish and Schools can have on the whole community.


Michael Mangan

Liturgy Brisbane

Michael Mangan is a liturgist, educator and composer whose songs and hymns are widely used in parish and school liturgy & religious education throughout Australia, NZ and North America. In addition to school and parish concert tours, Michael regularly speaks and performs at national and international conferences and events. He holds degrees in Arts (Music) and Education, and a Master of Theology in Liturgical Studies. Michael is Education Consultant for Liturgy Brisbane, National Chair of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network, a member of the Australian Academy of Liturgy. He leads music ministry and is part of the leadership and liturgy teams at All Saints Parish, Albany Creek. Michael has a special interest in liturgical ministry to children and families and is passionate about using vibrant and engaging music to enhance participation in inclusive and meaningful liturgy.


Clare Schwantes

Liturgy Brisbane

Clare Schwantes has been the Editor at Liturgy Brisbane since 2012. Her role includes preparing annual publications such as the Ordo and the Daily Mass Book on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, as well as Break Open the Word and Praying Together with Young People. She is also responsible for the design and ongoing evolution of the electronic liturgy planning program, Liturgia, which is used widely in schools and parishes around Australia. Clare has a Master of Theological Studies (Liturgy), Bachelors of Education and Psychology, diplomas in Editing and Publishing, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Clare is the Chair of the National Liturgical Council, secretary of the Brisbane Archdiocesan Commission on the Liturgy, a member of the Australian Academy of Liturgy and is on the editorial board of the quarterly journal, Liturgy News.


Alice Carwardine

Caritas Catholic Earthcare

Alice Carwardine’s work in the area of Laudato Si’ and integral ecology began in 2018 when she started providing professional development for teachers and formation for parishes on these topics. She has since worked for the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and more recently Caritas Catholic Earthcare continuing to support families, schools and parishes on their journey with Laudato Si’, the Laudato Si’ action Platform and the 7 Laudato Si’ goals. She completed her Master’s in Theology with a focus on eco-theology in 2021 and has also worked on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform working groups to help develop the platform itself.

Dr Peter Pellicaan


Teresa McGrath


Shane Dwyer


Chantale Wilson


Steph Rogers


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