Current Executive

President: Dr John Collins

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 sciences 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 also an Adjunct Lecturer in Theology at the Australian Catholic University.

Contact Details:
Address: Catholic Institute of Sydney, 99 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia
Email: president@apto.asn.au or JCollins@cis.catholic.edu.au


Vice President: Dr Doug Hynd

Brief Biography: Doug Hynd is Adjunct Research Fellow of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. He has recently completed a PhD at the Australian Catholic University on the impact on church-related welfare agencies of contracting with government. He has worked in the Australian Public Service on social policy, community programs and indigenous affairs, and has taught as a sessional lecturer at St Mark's National Theological Centre in Christian Ethics, and Australian Church and Society. He has research interests in the role of Christian churches and their agencies in social policy, the engagement of theology with politics, political theory and anthropology and the significance of Anabaptism and the peace witness for Christian presence and engagement in a post-secular society. He has been actively involved in refugee issues through Canberra Refugee Support and Love Makes a Way.

Contact Details:
Address: 54 Namatjria Drive, Stirling ACT 2611 Australia
Email: vice-president@apto.asn.au or doug.hynd@netspeed.com.au

Treasurer: Dr Bob Dixon

Brief Biography: Bob Dixon was Foundation Director of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference from 1996 to 2016. He has a PhD in sociology from Monash University as well as degrees in science, theology and education. He is the author of The Catholic community in Australia (2005) and the author or co-author of numerous other books, book chapters, journal articles and reports about the demography of the Australian Catholic population and about aspects of Catholic belief and practice. He has held honorary appointments at Australian Catholic University and at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne. He is a member of the Board of the Christian Research Association and, until recently, NCLS Research. He is a member of the University of Divinity’s Research Committee.

Contact Details:
Address: 64 Sharon Road, Springvale South VIC 3172 Australia
Email: treasurer@apto.asn.au or r.dixon@pro.catholic.org.au


Secretary: Ms Cecilia Francisco-Tan

Brief Biography: Cecilia is currently in her final year of PhD studies at the Yarra Theological College, University of Divinity.  She is currently researching in the area of Authentic Authority and its implications for contemporary pastoral leadership using Bernard Lonergan’s Cognitional theory and method. She is a senior Pastoral Associate at St. Clement of Rome Parish, Bulleen.  A major aspect of her work involves the formation of Parishioners in the area of liturgy, scripture, sacraments and the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.)  Her engagement with people of diverse cultures, ages and needs has allowed her to test the principles and insights gleaned from Bernard Lonergan.  She has written resources for children’s sacraments and catechesis, grief and bereavement programs, RCIA and scripture studies to meet the contextual needs of the people of the Parish. Her other major theological interests include: feminist and womanist theology, political theology, ecclesiology and practical theology. Cecilia is an avid reader of classics and literature and when time permits paints, and writes icons. Cecilia has given several papers at different research seminars, conferences and workshops including the following: Australian Lonergan Workshop 2017 (Melbourne); RCIA Conference, 2017 (Melbourne); ACTA Conference, 2017; and APTO Conference, 2017. Married to Lawrence, she is a proud mother to five and a grandmother to 7.

Contact Details:
Address: 20 Downard Crescent, Dandenong North VIC 3175 Australia
Email: secretary@apto.asn.au or cecilia.francisco.tan@gmail.com

Ordinary Executive Member: Dr Bet Green

Brief Biography: In her early professional life, Bet taught English, French and German in Brisbane state high schools. Further studies led to RE teaching, and then to theology studies. Her PhD thesis was on the topic of Dom Bede Griffiths' images of God. Bet's preliminary research included journeying to the focal places of Griffiths' life, England, Scotland, India and the US. Her present interest is integral philosophy/spirituality and the movement to a new level of consciousness that involves practical theology, contemplation  and interfaith dialogue. Bet is a sessional academic at the Australian Catholic University. 

Contact Details:
Address: 24 Crowther Street, Windsor QLD 4030 Australia
Email: b-green@optusnet.com.au

Ordinary Executive Member: Dr Patrick McArdle

Brief Biography: Patrick has an academic background in moral and practical theology, education and pastoral care, culminating in doctoral work on the centrality of personhood and relationships in constructing models of health care and ethics in health care. He has been on the staff at ACU for over 20 years following a successful career in secondary school teaching.

Contact Details:
Address: Australian Catholic University, 223 Antill Street,Watson, ACT 2602
Email: patrick.mcardle@acu.edu.au