Who we are

Rev Dr Patrick McINERNEYRev Dr Patrick McINERNEY LSAI, MTheol, PhD
Director

Rev Dr Patrick McInerney is the Director of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations.  He is a Columban missionary priest.  From 1979 to 2000 he was assigned to Pakistan where he worked in parishes, leadership and the fledgling efforts at dialogue getting underway at that time. Since 2002 he has worked at the Centre in Sydney.

Fr Patrick graduated from the Pontifical Institute for the Study of Arabic and Islamics (PISAI) in Rome with a Licence in the Study of Arabic and Islamics in 1986, from the Melbourne College of Divinity with a Masters in Theology in 2003 and from the Australian Catholic University with a Doctorate in Theology in 2009.

He is a member of Religions for Peace (NSW) and serves on its executive.  He is also a member of the Council of Christians and Jews (NSW), of the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (IACM) and the International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS).  From 2009-2017 he served three terms on the Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.  From 2011–2017 he was an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University.

Fr Patrick teaches courses in Interreligious Dialogue and Islam at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education. He participates in interfaith and multi-faith conferences and organisations and gives talks on Islam, Christian-Muslim relations and interreligious relations to a wide variety of audiences. 

Centre:  info.cccmr@columban.org.au
Personal:  patrickmcinerney@columban.org.au 

Ryan Epondulan BA, BEd.

Ryan Epondulan BA, BEd.
Youth & Networking Coordinator

Ryan is the Youth & Networking Coordinator of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations. Ryan’s primary responsibility is promoting interfaith relations among youth, especially Christians and Muslims. One of his major tasks will be coordinating Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions). Ryan graduated in 2018 from the University of Sydney with an Education and Arts degree. Ryan is heavily involved in volunteering for his local Catholic Parish, the Diocese of Parramatta and the Catholic Asian Student Society.

Centre:  info.cccmr@columban.org.au
Personal: ryan.epondulan@columban.org.au

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