Dr John Collins

Lecturer & Christian Life and Ministry Discipline Coordinator, Catholic Institute of Sydney
BTheol (MCD, 1987), GradDipEd (Secondary) (ICE, 1987), MTh (Sydney), MEd (Pastoral Guidance) (CCES, 1997), PhD (ACU, 2014)

Dr John Francis Collins has worked for over twenty five years in Church agencies. His roles have included pastoral work in a Catholic hospital, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching in Catholic institutions, adult faith education, diocesan renewal, and co-ordination of RCIA and organisational consultancy.

Before beginning with CIS in 2016 John worked at the National Office for Evangelisation – Catholic Enquiry Centre from 2007 to 2015. Previous to that he was at Centacare Sydney for 14 years where he worked in a variety of roles including marriage education, research and the development of social policy.

John is an active member of the Australian Catholic Theological Association and currently president of the Association for Practical Theology in Oceania.

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Group Relations and Socio Analytic theory
  • Lonergan Studies
  • Pastoral Theology and formation for ministry
  • Practical Theology and Theological Method
  • The relationship between theology and the human sciences particularly psychoanalytic theory and practice
  • Vocational Anthropology

Research Strengths

  • Practical Theology
  • Pastoral Theology


Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2015 Pastoral Formation and Group Relations Theory
In Lonergan's anthropology revisited : the next fifty years of Vatican II edited by Gerard Whelan, S.J. Rome, Gregorian & Biblical Press 2015. Pgs 441 - 444
2019 Worker Deacons
In Australasian Catholic Record July 2019 Vol 95, Pgs 315-320

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