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New President as Institute passes milestone

As it celebrates 50 years as Australia's only Roman Theological Faculty, the Catholic Institute of Sydney has appointed Dr Gerard Kelly as its new President.

The Institute's Chancellor, Cardinal George Pell, announced the five-year appointement recently. Dr Kelly (pictured) succeeds Dr Neil Brown, who retired after the maximum two terms in office.

Dr Kelly's research and writing has focused on the unity and sacramentality of the church. He is a member of various ecumenical bodies, including the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Australia, and the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia. He is currently the editor of the Australasian Catholic Record.

Aside from its status as a Roman Theological Faculty, the Institute has also become a Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity accredited to teach programs in theology and ministry at bachelor, masters and doctoral levels.

The Institute had its origins in the old St Patrick's College seminary at Manly. It was relocated to an old Postal Training Institute heritage building in suburban Strathfield in 1996. Originally all students were men studying for the priesthood. The current student body comprises more than 300 women and men, of all ages and from all walks of life, lay, religious and students for the priesthood.

Events planned to celebrate the Jubilee include lectures in May delivered by Cardinal Pell and Jesuit Provincial Fr Mark Raper.

Catholic Institute of Sydney Press Release

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