Parish Priest (for want of a
better expression) working in the regions of Herberton, Malanda and Yungaburra,
on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland,
an Australian philosopher
and part time theologian still with a
part time attachment to the Roman Catholic St Paul's
a visiting fellow at
worker on occasion, at the
Taken after the Christchurch, N.Z. ANZATS Conference, on Eco-Theology, in July 2000. That's Mt. Cook in the background (or a part of it.)
St Paul's Theological College, at a place called Banyo, where I have
worked and/or lived for almost half of my life, is set on an 100 acre property
on the north east side of Brisbane, Queensland, about 15 minutes from the
Brisbane airport and close by the Gateway Arterial highway. The site is
right next door to the Boondall Wetlands, the largest wetland area still
existing within the Brisbane region. The Banyo property itself is something
of a sanctuary for various species of birds, of which more than 100 varieties
have been detected over the years. I’ve also spent some time (1985-1993)
in Sydney, NSW, at
Enclosed below some of the more common Birds of Banyo! The accessibility of such beauty in daily walks is what used to keep me sane:
(1) Red-backed parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)
(2) Cattle egret (Ardeola ibis): tends to keep company with the horses on the property.
(I’m probably still sane, but now relying on a sit-in kayak to supplement the daily walks.)
From 2003, the site came to be shared between us and the
My parents Alex and Ann (maiden name also
They eventually settled, as hotel keepers or publicans (father's family in
Atherton, the "Grand Hotel", still existing under other ownership)
and as sheep/wheat farmers around Temora in N.S.W. (Ann's family). Mother was
born in Braidwood, on the banks of the
Kookaburra sits on the old clothes line (at mum's place in Nowra)!. There is a gum tree in the background.
Both parents are now deceased, Alex in May, 1958, Ann in January, 1998.
I have two brothers, my older brother Peter, who is a criminal lawyer, my
younger brother Vincent, who is an engineer. Vincent is married to Mary
Rose, and they have three children, James, Elizabeth and Katherine.
Katherine, Vincent, Elizabeth, Mary Rose, James, photo taken Christmas 1998, Orange, NSW.
I was educated in Atherton (St Joseph’s School) and Cairns, North
Queensland (St Augustine’s
College), with tertiary education at Banyo Seminary the predecessor
establishment to where I used to work, at Queensland University, but mostly at
the University of Leuven in Belgium (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Leuven 1985).
Postgraduate research was on the Scottish philosopher David Hume.
Lately I have been more interested in the possibilities of Process Thinking as a way of operating ethically and truthfully in the world in prospect of the 21st century now begun.
Since 1985 I have been working almost entirely in theological colleges, at Kensington, Sydney, N.S.W. 1985-1993 within the Sydney College of Divinity and at Banyo, Brisbane (1993-present day) within the Brisbane College of Theology.
This was with the exception of a ten week sabbatical in the parish of
Ravenshoe in Far North Queensland, and the last six months of 2005 at a marvelous
parish called Daisy Hill filled with wonderful people half way between
I am an ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Cairns, north
I strongly treasure my family, mostly in
greatly treasure my friends, in
Some of my friends, photo taken in 1985 in Leuven, Belgium.
To both family and friends I hereby send warmest regards and greetings!
I still retain a firm allegiance to Catholicism broadly considered, particularly
in so far as it constitutes one of the few remaining counter-forces to the
modern day religion or complex of idolatries, variously named as 'economic
rationalism', 'globalization', 'consumerism', 'economism', etc.
As well as a business or working address (which keeps changing) as in the
54 Riverview Rd,
Nowra, N.S.W. 2541,
Ph. 61 (0)2 44214105. .
(Mobile: 61 (0)417 707 875)
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