ACU leading the way in faith formation and leadership
A 'Leadership for Mission' program developed by ACU's Faculty of Theology and Philosophy in partnership with the National Office for the Participation of Women, Catholic Mission and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has recently been acknowledged by the Vatican as promoting best practice in Lay Formation.
The specialised leadership program for Catholic women was recognised as the “stand-out” offer in Australia to help develop a new generation of Catholic leaders.
Leadership for Mission is designed by and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person. The program brings the leadership experiences of women within the Church together within the context of an academic and collaborative learning environment.
Framed by an engagement with scripture, theology, spirituality and leadership, the program encourages participants to reflect on their faith within the context of our contemporary world. The program invites participants to explore how and in what ways their personal mission and vocation can contribute to a vision of leadership for the church that promotes equity, equality, and reconciliation.
The two-year, part-time program is structured across four residential sessions and supported through Australian Catholic University's online learning management system.
Executive Dean of the ACU Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Professor Dermot Nestor, said: “We are delighted that the program has been selected (for the Vatican website) and that the efforts of the staff involved in its design and delivery are being acknowledged in this way.”
“This program, and the learning design that anchors it, is a direct contribution to the pastoral practice of an Australian and a global Church that looks to embrace the new millennium.”
The program will run again in 2020, with applications closing in October. More information can be found on the ACU website.