Centre for Mission Studies

The Centre for Mission Studies promotes the formal study of mission through adult education, ongoing formation and inservice. We also offer academic course units in Missiology for students completing Theological degrees at tertiary institutes.

The Centre provides:

  • Lectures
  • Talks
  • Academic conferences
  • Academic course units
  • Cooperative projects
  • Articles and Papers
  • Seminars
  • Contemporary Mission

Mission Studies explores how to proclaim the Gospel in our contemporary society and be creatively involved in the recreation of the world. God has a liberating plan for all peoples which Jesus revealed to us as the Kingdom of God, or Justice, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. Wherever people are working for justice, peace, dialogue and reconciliation, there is the Kingdom; and where these are lacking we must work with the help of the Spirit to ensure the Kingdom grows. Mission theology helps us appreciate the role of the Church in the world and our own personal contribution.

We collaborate with the Columban Mission Centre in common objectives.

Members at the Centre for Mission Studies include:

Fr Noel Connolly SSC is the Coordinator of the Centre for Mission StudiesFr Noel Connolly SSC - Coordinator
Fr Noel Connolly is the Coordinator of the Centre for Mission Studies. He is a member of the Columban Mission Institute in Sydney, Head of Mission and Culture at the Broken Bay Institute and Lectures in Mission at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He has worked in many Australian Dioceses in programmes to welcome, enable and help integrate overseas priests and religious.


Fr Patrick McInerney SSC is a member of the Centre for Mission Studies and the Coordinator of the Centre for Christian-Muslim RealtionsRev Dr Patrick McInerney SSC
Fr Patrick McInerney is a member of the Centre for Mission Studies and the Coordinator of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations at the Parramatta Institute for Mission in Blacktown. Fr Patrick actively attends interreligious and multi-religious events, gives talks to a wide variety of audiences, and teaches tertiary level courses on Islam and Interreligious Dialogue. In 2009, he was awarded a PHD for his Thesis on Christian Responsibility in Interreligious Dialogue. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University and a member of various interfaith organisations including the Australian Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations, Religions for Peace (NSW) and the NSW Council for Christians and Jews.

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