Profiles - Keynote Speakers


Cardinal George Pell

Archbishop of Sydney
Vatican II: Yesterday’s Council for tomorrow’s world?

Cardinal George Pell was born in Ballarat, on June 8th 1941, and was educated in that city at Loreto Convent and St Patrick's College. He studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, and Propaganda Fide College, Rome, and was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Ballarat by Cardinal Agagianian in St Peter's Basilica, Rome, on December 16th 1966. Read more here.



Cardinal Marc Ouellet PSS

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Rome
Communio: The ecclesial key to the Conciliar Church

His Eminence, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, PSS, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Archbishop emeritus of Québec, was born on 8 June 1944 in Lamotte, near Amos, Canada. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Amos on 25 May 1968. He holds licentiates in theology and philosophy, and a doctorate in dogmatic theology.

Cardinal Ouellet served as consultor to the Sulpicians’ Provincial Council of Canada, and then director and teacher at the Major Seminary of Montreal, where he became rector in 1990. He also served briefly as rector of St Joseph's Seminary, Edmonton.

He was consultor to the Congregation for the Clergy, then to the General Council of the Priests of Saint Sulpice. He later taught at the John Paul II Institute at the Pontifical Lateran University, where in 1997 he was appointed to the chair of dogmatic theology.

On 3 March 2001, he was named titular Bishop of Agropoli and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Pope John Paul II ordained him a Bishop on 19 March of that year. On 15 November 2002, Cardinal Ouellet was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Quebec.

Cardinal Ouellet is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. Relator General of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” (5-26 October 2008).

On 30 June 2010 he was nominated Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Maria in Traspontina (Holy Mary in Transpontina).

Member of:

  • Secretariat of State (second section);
  • Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments; for Catholic Education; for the Clergy;  for the Doctrine of the Fait; for the Oriental Churches;
  • Pontifical Councils for Culture; for Promoting New Evangelization; for Legislative Texts;
  • Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses;
  • XII Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Professor Anthony Kelly CssR

Australian Catholic University
Intention and Text – Spirit and Letter

Anthony J Kelly, CSsR, a Redemptorist priest, is at present a Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University recently.  He was recently made an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Catholic Theological Association, and has been a member of the Pontifical International Theological Commission for nearly ten years.  The author of many articles and books, his most recent books are Eschatology and Hope, The Resurrection Effect: Transforming Christian Life and Thought, and God is Love: The Heart of Christian Faith. 

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Archbishop Allen Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit
The mission ad gentes and the evangelical imperative of the Council

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron was born 21 October 1948, in Mount Clemens and grew up in Immaculate Conception Parish, Anchorville (Ira Township).  He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School before going on to Detroit's Sacred Heart Seminary High School and College. Later, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC Archbishop Vigneron holds a doctorate degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.

Prior to being named Bishop of Oakland, California, in 2003, Archbishop Vigneron was an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. His background includes assignments as rector/president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, work in the Administrative Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and service as associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Harper Woods.

Archbishop Vigneron was installed as the 5th archbishop of Detroit on 28 January 2009, at Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

In 2009, Archbishop Vigneron was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Catholic University of America.  He also received the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2009.

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Professor Anne Hunt

Australian Catholic University
A Council for the Laity? The vision of Vatican II in empowering the lay faithful 

Professor Anne Hunt OAM, FACE grew up in the western district of Victoria. After her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, she began her professional life as a teacher of Chemistry and Mathematics and taught for several years in government schools as well as Catholic schools. She was principal of Loreto Mandeville Hall (Early Learning Centre for 3 year olds through to year 12) for 14 years. She has a lifelong interest in education, pre-school through to adult education and faith formation.

Anne has also served on several boards of governance over the years, including Loreto College Ballarat Council, Ballarat Centacare, and Catholic Homes for the Elderly (now known as Catholic Homes).

She received her degree as Doctor of Theology from Melbourne College of Divinity and is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Theology & Philosophy of Australian Catholic University. Specializing in trinitarian theology, her most recently published book is Trinity: Insights from the Mystics (Collegeville, 2010) which explores the distinctly theological insights into the mystery of the Trinity in the writing of mystics, such as Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and John of the Cross.  She has recently written on the profound influence of Vatican II's rediscovery of the Church's origins in the mystery of the Trinity. As a lay person herself, she comes with keen interest to address the topic of Vatican II and its vision of the role of the laity in the church.

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Professor Tracey Rowland

John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family
Receiving the Council in the Church in Australia

Professor Tracey Rowland is Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne) and a Permanent Fellow of the Institute in Political Philosophy and Continental Theology. She is also a Fellow of the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, an Honorary Fellow of Campion College, Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Faith Ethics and Society of the University of Notre Dame (Sydney).

Her publications include: Culture and the Thomist Tradition: after Vatican II (Routledge: London, 2003), Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Benedict XVI (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (T & T Clark: London, 2010). She serves as a member of the editorial board of Communio; International Catholic Review (English language edition) and has published scholarly articles in Communio, the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Anthropotes, Nova et Vetera, History of European Ideas and Tygodnik Powszechny.

She holds a doctorate from the Divinity School of Cambridge University, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and a Masters degree in political philosophy from Melbourne University. Professor Rowland was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2012.


Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop of Brisbane
Proposing a Vatican II faith to a secularised culture

Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge was born in Melbourne on 25 September, 1948, the third of five children of Bernard Coleridge and Marjorie Harvey (both deceased).

Archbishop Coleridge’s education was split between South Australia and Victoria, with attendance at primary schools in Tranmere (St Joseph’s School) and Adelaide (Rostrevor College) before the completion of his senior years in Melbourne (St Kevin’s College).

At tertiary level he was awarded an Arts degree, majoring in English and French, from Melbourne University. Initially these studies were undertaken with a view to entering the diplomatic corps, however circumstances changed and he subsequently pursued a vocational call instead. Archbishop Mark’s study for the priesthood was undertaken at Corpus Christi College’s various campuses at Werribee, Glen Waverley and Clayton during the years 1969-74.

He was ordained a priest in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne on 18 May 1974 by Bishop John Kelly, then serving as Administrator of the diocese following the retirement of Cardinal James Knox. After Ordination, he worked as an assistant priest in various Melbourne parishes for a few years before studying Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. After four years in Rome and Jerusalem he returned to Melbourne to teach Scripture.

Three years later he was again back in Rome for doctoral studies, after which he returned to teach in Melbourne and was eventually made the Master of Catholic Theological College. In late 1997 he was both greatly surprised and humbled to be invited to work in the Vatican Secretariat of State. Four years later he returned to Australia and was episcopally ordained Auxiliary Bishop for Melbourne.

In 2004, he was appointed a member of the pontifical Council for Culture and Chair of the Roman Missal Editorial Committee of the International Committee for English in the Liturgy. He was subsequently named Chair of the International Commission for the Preparation of an English-language Lectionary. In 2006, he was appointed as Archbishop of the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese upon the retirement of the long serving Archbishop Francis Carroll. In 2011, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

On 2 April 2012, he was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane.

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Archbishop Arthur Roche

Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments
Actuosa Paticipatio

Archbishop Arthur Roche, born in Yorkshire, England in 1950, was educated by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion and at Christleton Hall, Chester, before embarking in 1969 on studies for the priesthood at the English College, Valladolid, Spain, where he obtained a degree in theology at the Augustinian Faculty of the University of Comillas, Madrid.

Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Leeds in 1975, he served as assistant and parish priest, school and hospital chaplains, Bishop’s Secretary, Diocesan Vice-Chancellor and Financial Administrator. In 1982 he was responsible for the Papal Visit to York of Blessed Pope John Paul II and in 1991 became Spiritual Director of the Venerable English College, Rome, while studying for a Licence in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

In 1996 he was appointed General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and worked closely with three Presidents: Cardinal Basil Hume OSB (1996-99), Archbishop Michael Bowen (1999-2000) and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. He was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster in 2001, where he served as Chairman of the Pastoral Affairs Committee, the Diocesan Finance Committee, London University Chaplaincy and the Catholic Children's Society.

Nationally, he was a member of the Bishop's Special Commission on Seminaries, the Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference Department for Christian Life & Worship, and had responsibility for the English Colleges in Rome and Valladolid as well as the Beda College, Rome. In 2002 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds where he succeeded as the ninth Bishop in 2004. From 2002-2012 he was Chairman of the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL), Chairman of Governors of Leeds Trinity University College and Catholic Care (Leeds) agency. In June 2012 he was appointed to the Holy See as the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero

Catholic Voices
A new apologetics for the new evangelisation: the Catholic Voices experience

Austen Ivereigh is joint coordinator of Catholic Voices, and an English Catholic journalist and commentator who writes for Our Sunday Visitor, America magazine, and the Guardian CiF among others. His latest book is How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil responses to Catholic Hot-button Issues.

Jack Valero is Press Officer for Opus Dei in the UK and the co-ordinator, with Austen Ivereigh, of the Da Vinci Code Response Group in 2006, a team of Catholics who made themselves available to the media in the run-up to the DVC film. During 2010 he was also Press Officer for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman.

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