Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research

  • Bishop Michael McCarthy, Bishop of Rockhampton: Bishop delegate
  • Professor Emeritus Gabrielle McMullen AM (Chairperson), Deputy Chancellor, University of Divinity and Emeritus Professor, Australian Catholic University
  • Fr Christopher de Souza, General Secretary, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
  • Associate Professor Joel Hodge, National Head of School, Theology, Australian Catholic University
  • Dr David Leary OFM, Franciscan Pastoral Ministry Services
  • Mrs Sophy Morley, Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator, Diocese of Sale
  • Mr Daniel Ang, Director, Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
  • Ms Danielle Cronin, Director of Education Policy, Catholic Schools NSW
  • Fr Brian Lucas, National Director, Catholic Mission
  • Dr Louise St Guillaume, Discipline Coordinator of Sociology, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus)



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In fulfilling its mandate, the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research:

  • Oversees the Centre’s aims of –
    • Planning and undertaking pastoral research to support the mission of the Church;
    • Working with Church leaders and the wider Catholic community to bring research findings effectively into pastoral practice;
    • Ensuring engagement of the research findings within the life of the Church through effective communication strategies;
  • Steers the development of the 5-year horizon plan and the related annual plan for the National Centre for Pastoral Research and monitors their implementation;
  • Guides the Centre in the development of processes to ensure its work is collaborative, relevant, innovative and well-communicated to its stakeholders;
  • Promotes partnerships with relevant agencies and networks to advance the work of the Centre;
  • Considers other matters referred to the Council by the Permanent Committee or other Australian Catholic Bishops Conference agencies.