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A new Summer School exploring the Church’s teaching on Marriage is coming to Tasmania

In January 2019, the inaugural Matrimonium Summer School will take place in Hobart. At a time when so much of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family is contested by secular culture, it is important that young Catholics take this opportunity to go deeper in their understanding of these key teachings. The program will provide an opportunity for participants to be engaged at the level of the head and the heart. This deeper knowledge will give you the confidence and knowledge to be an effective Christian witness in our society. It will also help prepare you for whatever vocation that you believe you are called to.
The Summer School Faculty that has been assembled is of considerable quality including:

• Professor Tracey Rowland (Notre Dame)
• Dr Kevin Donnelly AM (ACU)
• Peter Holmes MTh (Notre Dame)
• Anna Krohn (Anima Women’s Network)

The Summer School program includes a range of lectures, discussions, Holy Mass, other prayer times, excursions to places of natural and historical significance, free time for reflection and social outings.
The Summer School will take place at a venue on the doorstep of Wellington Park, the home to the Wellington Range. The venue is also very close to the centre of Hobart and a historic convict site. Hobart’s unique combination of natural beauty, sites of historical significance and Gothic Revival inspired sacred architecture will be integrated with the Summer School program to add another dimension to the subject matter being explored by the faculty.

This integration is summed up by the famous sculpture known as The Cathedral by Rodin. This sculpture depicts the beauty of the complementarity of male and female and the space between the two hands is seen as a parallel for the mysterious inner space that is realised in the composition of Gothic architecture.


Who? 18 year olds and above
When? 21 January 2019 – 25 January 2019
What? The Summer School will involve lectures, discussions, field trips, Holy Mass, Morning Prayer, Evening Rosary, social occasions in prominent tourist locations, opportunities for bush walking and visits to historical sites.
Where? Jane Franklin Hall, South Hobart, a residential college of the University of Tasmania with excellent facilities.

How much? $800 (Full Board) – includes registration, accommodation and most meals. $500 (non-residential rate) – includes registration and some meals.

Summer School Program 2019 is available here.


Jan 21:  Summer School begins (PM), Introduction from Archbishop Julian Porteous

Jan 22: Peter Holmes (Notre Dame): The Masculine Genius, Anna Krohn (Anima Women’s Network): The Feminine Genius, tour of the Cascade Female Factory and Cascade Brewery, open forum on Masculinity and Femininity and dinner at Salamanca Place.

Jan 23: Ben Smith (Archdiocese of Hobart): The Unitive and Procreative Dimensions of Marriage, bushwalk in Wellington Park, Caitlin Byrne (University of Tasmania): Natural Family Planning and a public evening lecture by Professor Tracey Rowland (Notre Dame) on evangelisation in a postmodern world.

Jan 24: Professor Tracey Rowland (Notre Dame): Love, Marriage in the Catholic Theological Tradition, Brian Andrews (Archdiocese of Hobart, and international expert on Gothic Architecture): Introduction to the Gothic Revival architectural genius of Augustus Pugin, field trip to the Pugin designed St Patrick’s Church at Colebrook, Vespers with Benedictine Monks and dinner in the historic town of Richmond.

Jan 25: Dr Kevin Donnelly (ACU): The rise and influence of Cultural Marxism, Clare Mittamayer (CatholicCare, Archdiocese of Hobart), and a Closing Address by Archbishop Julian Porteous.


Archbishop Julian Porteous – Archbishop of Hobart
Archbishop Porteous was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney on September 7, 1974.

He served as Assistant Priest in the parishes of Kingsgrove, Manly, The Entrance, Woy Woy and Mona Vale. In 1996, he was appointed Administrator of the Parish of Annandale and then Parish Priest of Dulwich Hill in 1999. He was appointed Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney, in January 2002 and served in this role until the end of 2008.
His episcopal ordination took place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on September 3, 2003. He served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney from September 2003 to September 2013. He was installed as Archbishop of Hobart on 11 September 2013.

Archbishop Porteous is actively involved in evangelisation, particularly among young people. He organised a number of youth evangelisation rallies in the 1980’s.  He was instrumental in establishing the Pastoral Training School (now called “Summer School of Evangelisation”), which, since 1984, has formed thousands of young Catholics in their Catholic faith and in the pastoral skills necessary to contribute to the Church’s evangelising ministry.
He was responsible for evangelisation and renewal in the Archdiocese of Sydney until his appointment as Archbishop of Hobart.

During his time as Archbishop of Hobart, he has been a forthright defender of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family. In 2015, he was the subject of a complaint to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal for distributing a brochure promoting the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family.

Professor Tracey Rowland - St. John Paul II Chair of Theology at the University of Notre Dame
Professor Tracey Rowland holds two doctorates in theology, one from the Divinity School of Cambridge University (the civil PhD) and one from the John Paul II Institute at the Pontifical Lateran University (the pontifical STD) in addition to degrees in law and philosophy. From 2001-2017 she was the Dean of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne. In 2010 she was awarded the Archbishop Michael J Miller Award by the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas, for the promotion of faith and culture. In 2011 she was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and in 2014 she was appointed to the International Theological Commission. She is currently a member of the ITC's sub-commission on religious freedom. She is the author of Culture and the Thomist Tradition after Vatican II (2003), Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI (2008),  Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (2010), Catholic Theology (2017) and The Culture of the Incarnation: Essays in Catholic Theology (2017).

Dr Kevin Donnelly AM - Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University
Dr Kevin Donnelly is an education author and commentator specialising in curriculum analysis and school choice. He is also the co-chair of the Review of the Australian Curriculum. He received an Order of Australia for his services to education.

In addition to his work at the ACU, Kevin is also Director of the Education Standards Institute, a small think tank dedicated to autonomy, diversity and choice in education.
Kevin is one of Australia’s leading education authors and commentators, with over 600 comment pieces in print and electronic media and regular appearances on radio and TV. Books include Why Our School are Failing, Dumbing Down, Australia’s Education Revolution, Educating Your Child: It’s not Rocket Science, Taming the Black Dog, The Culture of Freedom and How Political Correctness is Destroying Australia.

Peter Holmes - Lecturer, Coordinator Graduate Certificate Religious Education at the University of Notre Dame

Peter Holmes was trained and served as a Lutheran Minister before working in counselling, consulting and teaching roles within the Catholic Archdioceses of Melbourne and Sydney. He spent 6 years as the Manager of Studies for Catholic Adult Education Sydney. Since 2007, Peter has lectured in Scripture, Theology and biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek). Peter’s research interests include the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the relationship between faith and reason and his present PhD research focuses on the theology of masculinity. Peter is married with eight children.

Ben Smith – Director, Office of Life, Marriage & Family (Archdiocese of Hobart)
Ben Smith has held roles in the Catholic Church, at the diocesan and national level, in the area of life, marriage and family for the last 4 years. In these roles he has been actively engaged in ethical debates concerning hot-button issues such as euthanasia and same-sex marriage.

He completed a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Marriage and Family) at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne in 2017. He has delivered lectures on Theology of the Body to seminarians and married couples in the Parramatta Diocese. 

Before he worked for the Church he held a variety of engineering, business development and management positions in the Corporate, Government and Higher Education sectors since 1997. He also has tertiary qualifications in Applied Physics and Management from Macquarie University.

Brian Andrews (Archdiocese of Hobart)
Brian Andrews is an architectural historian specialising in nineteenth and early twentieth-century churches along with their fittings, furnishings, metalwork and textiles.  He has over seventy publications in the field, including Australian Gothic: The Gothic Revival in Australian Architecture from the 1840s to the 1950s, the only interpretive study of the Gothic Revival in Australia, published by the Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press in March 2001. He was Visiting Curator for the acclaimed national exhibition, Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes, which opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, in September 2002, thence travelling to Bendigo, Canberra and Sydney. The exhibition catalogue won for him the 2003 William M.B. Berger Award for excellence in British Art History, being the unanimous choice of the international panel of judges. Brian is currently Heritage Officer for the Archdiocese of Hobart, with responsibility for the care and conservation of its historic buildings, furnishings and objects.

Caitlin Byrne BSc, MScMed(RH&HG) (University of Tasmania Medical Student)

Caitlin Byrne is a FertilityCare Practitioner and has been teaching the Creighton Model System of natural family planning for 6 years. She has a master’s degree in reproductive health and genetics and is passionate about women’s health and natural fertility. She is currently studying medicine at the University of Tasmania.

Clare Mittermayer (CatholicCare Tasmania)

Clare began her working career as a lawyer, but quickly moved to working for the Church, setting up a Respect Life Office in Perth and working to promote the dignity of every human person through the Government, schools and parishes. During this time she studied Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute. She was half way through this Masters course before she transferred into a Masters in Clinical Psychology which she completed in America. She has also done a Masters in Counselling. She is passionate about studying and integrating anthropology, spirituality and psychology in order to helping people realise and live out their dignity. She moved to Tasmania two years ago to become the Director of Identity and Mission in CatholicCare.



Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. The following locations will be visited during the Summer School program.

Popular Sites/Attractions that will feature in the Summer School program


  Cascade Brewery, the oldest Brewery in Australia opened in 1824 Cascade Female Factory, World Heritage Site

  St Patrick’s Colebrook, designed by Augustus Pugin in 1843 and built in the 1850’s. Richmond, a historic Georgian town with the oldest bridge and Catholic Church in Australia

Silver Falls, Wellington Park Salamanca Place


Mass will be celebrated daily at the Summer School. Morning Prayer will be held each morning from Tuesday to Friday. An evening Rosary will also be recited on most nights of the Summer School.



19 September – Applications open
10 January – Applications close
21 January – Matrimonium Summer School begins
25 January – Matrimonium Summer School finishes


Registrations for the Summer School are officially open and will close on Thursday 10 January 2019.

In order to register for the Summer School, you will need to download and complete the Application Pack below:
The Application Pack is available to download HERE

A copy of the Archdiocese of Hobart Privacy Policy can be found HERE

If you have any questions about the Summer School, please email Ben.


What is the age cut off for the Summer School?
The Summer School is open to all young adults over the age of 18. You will need to be 18 by 21 January 2019 in order to make the cut-off.

Can I add extra days to my stay in Hobart before or after the Summer School?
Provisions can be made with Jane Franklin Hall for extra accommodation and meals. Please indicate your interest in making these arrangements in the email accompanying your application. If you are successful in being offered a place for the Summer School, the contact details for Jane Franklin Hall will be supplied for you to arrange any extra accommodation and meals outside of the Summer School program.

Is there a participant limit for the Summer School?
Yes. The Summer School aims to limit the level of participants to a maximum of 30 people. This limit helps to ensure that the Summer School experience maintains a level of personal intimacy to ensure that the social dynamics contribute to the overall formation experience. Once the maximum number of participants has been reached, a waiting list will be maintained in the event of participants withdrawing from the Summer School.