Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

Parramatta connects with fourth National eConference


Jesus the Christ eConference
Participating in the Jesus the Christ eConference at the Catholic Education Office conference 'eSite' were CEO Adult Religious Education Coordinator Cecilia Zammit (top row, left), Sr Patty Andrew, Diocese of Parramatta RCIA/SOI Coordinator Julie Kelly, Pat Foley, Phil Shirvington, Maria Sanber (bottom row, left), Bernadette Lentern and Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Paul Worthington.

Schools, ministries and parishes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta connected with more than 60,000 people globally on 16 September, to listen to Professor Emeritus of Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, Fr Gerald O’Collins sj AC, during the Jesus the Christ eConference.

The Jesus the Christ eConference was the fourth conference run by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Broken Bay Institute, as a faith formation initiative for parishes, schools, colleges and hospitals.

In all, the Parramatta Diocese hosted 17 'eSites' for the Conference, including at the Institute for Mission in Blacktown and the Catholic Education Office in Parramatta. The conference was streamed to 358 eSites across the world, in countries such as Peru, France, Ghana and Singapore.

Fr Gerald O’Collins was joined during the four-and-a-half-hour conference by addition presenters including former principal of the Churches of Christ Theological College, Merrill Kitchen OAM, Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Phil Billingtonand lecturer art history and spirituality at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne College of Divinity, Dr Claire Renkin.

The Catholic Education Office’s Adult Religious Education Coordinator Cecilia Zammit said the eConference provided a great opportunity for communities to experience presentations from significant people in the church without significant cost or the need to travel.

"The Jesus the Christ eConference allowed communities to come together to witness and participate in discussions surrounding key religious themes," Cecilia said.

"Using technology, conferences like these are accessible free of charge and in real-time for communities and individuals at an unlimited number of geographic sites."

The Jesus the Christ eConference will also be distributed as a DVD to schools throughout the Parramatta Diocese.

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