BBI Ltd to build on theological education leadership


BBI Ltd News Story
Bishop David Walker and Dr Gerard Goldman reading ‘The future direction of The Broken Bay Institute’ which outlines the new structure for BBI.
Photo: Dan McAloon

To enable The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) to continue its growth and further facilitate its outreach, Bishop David Walker recently announced to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) plenary meeting that BBI has now been established as a company limited by guarantee.

“While drawing on its rich history, this will provide a form of governance that will enable it to respond well to future directions and challenges. This marks a structural change for BBI only, and will mean ‘business as usual’ for students and staff alike,” Bishop Walker said.

The Members of BBI Ltd are: Bishop of Diocese of Broken Bay, Bishop David L. Walker; Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bishop William Wright; Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, Bishop Brian Farran; Centre for Christian Spirituality, Mr David Penny; Dr Margaret Beirne RSC, Mrs Virginia Ryan; and Ms Natalie Acton.

The Directors are: Mr John Brogden (Chairman); Bishop David Walker; Bishop Gregory O’Kelly SJ AM; Rev. Associate Professor Gerard Kelly; Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat; Ms Josephine Heesh; Mr Graeme Mundine; Dr Elizabeth Delaney SGS; Mr Gregor Rennie; Ms Debra Vermeer; Mr Peter Hamill; and Mr David Penny.

Consulting Theologians: Rev. Professor Gerald O’Collins SJ AC; Rev. Associate Professor Denis Edwards.

Executives: Dr Gerard Goldman (Chief Executive Officer); Ms Liz Jones (Company Secretary).

Since its commencement in 2003, BBI has grown into a leading provider of theological education and adult faith education in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and has established a number of significant partnerships, including with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and The University of Newcastle.

Dr Goldman said: “In 2013, BBI will mark its 10th anniversary. In that decade we have been at the cutting edge of delivering theological and adult faith education which is a legacy that we will continue to build on.

“We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the ACBC, Catholic education offices, religious institutes, Catholic agencies, and The University of Newcastle, and continuing to deliver the highly acclaimed ACBC-BBI eConferences.”

Dr Goldman took the opportunity to thank everyone who had given BBI support in the past, particularly “the immense contribution” made to BBI by the Centre for Christian Spirituality and the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Bishop Walker said: “The new Company builds on BBI’s rich educational past and on the unique Covenant between the Catholic Dioceses of Broken Bay and Maitland-Newcastle and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has been instrumental in the establishment of theology at The University of Newcastle and we are thrilled to be able to strengthen further our relationship in this way. We look forward with great expectation to what can be achieved in this next period of BBI’s history.”

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