Current Executive

President: Professor Anthony Maher 

BA (Dunelm, 1990), MA (RelStud) (Lancaster, 1996), PhD (ACU, 2011), FHEA

Brief Biography: Anthony has taught in a variety of higher education institutions in England and Australia for the past twenty-five years. He has Bachelors degree in Theology and an MA in Religious Studies, from the Universities of Durham and Lancaster in the UK, a Diploma in Higher Education and a PhD in Pastoral Theology from the Australian Catholic University. Anthony previously taught Theology, Philosophical Ethics and Education at Newman University, Birmingham. In 2005 he moved to Australia to take up a position as Co-ordinator Christian Life and Ministry at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. In 2007 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, London (FHEA). In 2015, Anthony moved to the Australian Catholic University as an Associate Professor and in 2016, he moved to BBI - The Australian Institute of Theological Education as Academic Dean. Anthony lives in Sydney and is married with four children.

Recent Publications: 
- ‘Ecclesiology: mysticism contr Realpolitik,’ George Tyrrell and Catholic Modernism, (2010), Ed. Oliver P. Rafferty SJ, Dublin: Four Courts Press.
Educating Hearts: Seven Characteristics of a Good School, St Paul’s Publications, 2013. (See Press Release)

Contact Details: 
BBI - The Australian Institute of Theological Education
PO Box 662, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Australia

Vice President: Dr John Collins

BTheol. (MCD), DipEd (ICE), MTh (Syd), MEd (Pastoral Guidance) (CCES), PhD (ACU)

Brief Biography: A student of the Canadian Jesuit philosopher - theologian Bernard Lonergan John's PhD was on the topic of practical theology and theological method. John has an interest in the relationship between the human scieces and theology with a particular concern for the application of pyschoanalytic theory to ecclesial groups and organisations. John is a Lecturer in Pastoral/Practical Theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. John is in formation to be ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Sydney. John is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Theology at the Australian Catholic University.

Recent Publications:
- Hearing God’s Call: An Audio Introduction to the Catholic Faith, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 2011.
- Call and Response an Introduction to the Catholic Faith, St Pauls Publications, Homebush, and Catholic Enquiry Centre, 2010.

Contact Details:
Catholic Institute of Sydney
99 Albert Road, Strathfield, NSW 2135 Australia

Secretary/Treasurer: Dr Zachariah (Zach) Duke

BTheol (Hons) (ACU), GradCertDisStud (Flinders), GradCertTertTeaching (Curtin), MHigherEd (Macquarie), PhD (UON)

Brief Biography: Zachariah Duke is proudly employed as the Associate Dean – Quality, Standards and Innovation and Lecturer in Theology at BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education. He is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Wollongong and an Affiliate Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at The University of Newcastle. He recently completed doctoral dissertation was entitled, A critical analysis of a theology of disability in the Australian Catholic Church: a qualitative study into contemporary inclusionary practices and his main areas of research are: disability theology; perspectives on ecclesiology and ethnography; and the impact of service care in religious organisations. He is an active member of several academic and professional associations, including the European Society for the Study of Theology and Disability, the Living Fully Network (where he is the co-chair), the Australian Catholic Theological Association, the Association for Practical Theology in Oceania (where is the current Secretary/Treasurer), the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Carers NSW, Deaf Australia, Down Syndrome NSW, and Physical Disability Australia, among many others. Zach volunteers regularly at a Catholic primary school catering for children living with disability and is a L’Arche Sydney.

Recent Publications:


1.      Holy Cross College, Ryde: Stories from 125 Years (Compiler). Preston, VIC: Bounce Books, 2016.

Articles (peer reviewed)

1.      “Dissolving Boundaries” – An Analysis of Threshold Concepts in Disability Theology (with Peter Mudge), Journal of Adult Theological Education 13, 2 (2016): 147 – 162.

Presentations, Panels, Talks and Interviews

1.      “‘Dissolving Boundaries’ – An Analysis of Threshold Concepts and Disability Theology” Summer Institute of Theology and Disability, Azusa, USA, 2017.

2.      “Quality assurance in unit design and delivery with sessional academic staff,” Higher Education Compliance and Quality Network Conference, Melbourne, 2016.

3.      “Rhetoric and actual substantive efforts towards inclusion of people living with a disability: Reflections from a qualitative study in the Australian Catholic Church,” Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2016.

4.      “Did they read the right signs? Disability in the Catholic Tradition since Vatican II,” Summer Institute of Theology and Disability, Holland, USA, 2016. 

5.       “From Inclusion to Belonging: Navigating a Way Forward,” Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith – A Celebration, Rome, Italy, 2016.

6.      “Interactive Discussion: A Charter for the Church,” (with Cristina Gangemi and Matt Ray), Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith – A Celebration, Rome, Italy, 2016.

7.       “Embodied Ecclesia or, Let’s Get Physical: A Theological Inquiry,” (with Topher Endress), Summer Institute of Theology and Disability, Atlanta, USA, 2015.

Contact Details:
BBI - The Australian Institute of Theological Education
PO Box 662, Pennant Hills, NSW 1715 Australia