The building blocks of a Christian life within the Catholic Church are built upon a personal and communal relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ. This relationship is expressed sacramentally and ritually within the Initiation Sacraments. The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist call Christians to discipleship of Christ and to be visible signs of God’s presence in the world. What does our personal and communal relationship with God mean for our lives? How is our church leadership or ministry seen as flowing from the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist? All are welcome.
Fr Vincent Glynn is the
Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Perth. He has been a Senior Lecturer in Sacramental theology at The University of Notre Dame in Fremantle and has also lectured for Catholic Institute of WA, Edith Cowan and Curtin Universities.
His seminary training was completed at St Charles Seminary Guildford WA and St Francis Xavier Seminary Adelaide SA. He was ordained a priest in December 1982. After parish appointments to city and country parishes he was sent to Rome for further studies. In 1991 he completed a Licentiate in Sacramental Theology from the Pontificio Anteneo San Anselmo Rome. Fr Vincent was the Director of the Centre for Faith Enrichment (then known as the Maranatha Institute for Adult Faith Education) from 1999-2005
Dr Carmel Suart
Carmel has been a consultant for the Catechist Service Team at the Catholic Education Office of WA for 22 years where I have been involved in many aspects of adult faith formation and religious education of children. Her main area of expertise is family catechesis. This work has taken her into parishes and dioceses across, where she has worked with parent groups, teachers, catechists, priests and bishops in devising strategies to assist communities support families in nurturing the faith of children within the context of family life. Carmel has a background in primary teaching, holding a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Religious Education, both from Edith Cowan University. In 2007 she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame Australia in the area of family catechesis: an area which has always been very dear to her. The study explored the ways faith is nurtured within the context of the home and uncovered the challenges to nurturing faith faced by parents, especially mothers. Carmel is married, has two daughters and a son.