Jesuit College of Spirituality Council Members 2017
Peter Johnstone (Chair)
Peter Johnstone OAM has worked in senior positions at all levels of government in Australia, has been chief executive of many public sector organisations, and director and chair of various boards in the public and not for profit sectors. He has been head of a number of Victoria Government departments including Community Services, CEO for a number of local governments, and his roles as Chair have included Jesuit Social Services, VincentCare Victoria, and the Council of Catholic Social Services. He is currently Chair of the Jesuit Sentir Council, Chair of Catholics for Renewal, and Deputy Chair of National Seniors Australia. Peter’s current main interests are in his board commitments, as Principal of his business PJ Governance which focuses mainly on the not-for-profit sector, and the pursuit of studies in Theology. He is married to Laurien and they have four adult daughters and six grandchildren.
Bernadette Batten is management trained in business, operations and marketing. Her responsibilities have included leading large teams of people in the delivery of exceptional customer service and sales. Her roles have included the Regional Operations Management for a major international organisation, the management of a Sub-Regional Shopping Centre and the State Management of a large Australian Retailer. She has a successful record in strategy while identifying financial priorities and achieving budgeted objectives and sales. She is an experienced director in the not for profit sector. Bernadette is married to Tom and they have five children.
Maryanne Confoy RSC
Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC is a Religious Sister of Charity and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Jesuit Theological College and University of Divinity. She is a fellow of the University of Divinity. Her governance roles have included member of the Australian Catholic University Senate and Chair of MCD Board of Postgraduate Studies. Prof Maryanne is a Council member of Edmund Rice Education Australia and a member of RMIT University Ethics Committee.
Christopher Gleeson SJ
Christopher Gleeson SJ has spent most of his working life as a teacher and administrator in Jesuit schools, nearly 21 of which as Head of both Xavier College in Melbourne and St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview, in Sydney. His peers elected him to serve as Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia from 1999 to 2001. Since leaving Riverview at the end of 2002, he has been Director of Jesuit Publications (now Jesuit Communications) in Melbourne, and inaugural Director of both the Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality and the Archdiocesan Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre in Brisbane. In January 2011, he took up his current role as the Provincial’s Delegate for Education and Mission Formation, and in October 2012 was asked to be the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education. Over the years he has written four books for parents and teachers – Striking a Balance: Teaching Values and Freedom (Aurora Books 1993), A Canopy of Stars – Some Reflections for the Journey (David Lovell Publishing 2003), Releasing the Angel – Saluting all who strive to teach (Australasian Theological Forum), and in 2011, The Front Page – Everyday Ignatian Spirituality (Australasian Theological Forum). Father Gleeson is a member of the Australian Jesuit Province and is based in Melbourne.
Dr Joel Hodge was born in Brisbane and graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Studies in Religion) from the University of Queensland in 2009. He is now a lecturer in Systematic Theology in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Joel grew up in Paddington, an inner-northern suburb of Brisbane, and attended the Marist secondary college at Rosalie. He began a double degree in Law and Arts, majoring in politics and history at Queensland University of Technology, but by the end of second year, felt a call to explore religious studies. He transferred to the University of Queensland, where he undertook Studies in Religion, focused on Biblical Studies. He did so well that his lecturer asked if he would consider doing honours, which he did. Then, while Joel completed his honours, his supervisor asked if he had thought about a doctorate. So, Joel’s progression to becoming an academic and theologian occurred.Joel
Revd Associate Professor Michael A. Kelly, CSsR, BTheol, STM, MEd, PhD is a priest in the Redemptorist Congregation, and a member of the Provincial Council of the Australian Province of his Congregation. He has been on the faculty of Yarra Theological Union for two decades. He is postgraduate coordinator and teaches in the areas of pastoral theology and religious education.
Mr Peter McDonnell has been involved in Corporate Accounting most of his working life including over 21 years with Amcor Ltd in senior commercial roles and more recently with St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria Inc. He has a Batchelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA). He was recently appointed Executive Officer of the Old Xaverians Association. Peter has previously been a member of the Hawthorn Parish’s Pastoral Council and is a past President and Treasurer of the Hawthorn Conference of St Vincent de Paul where he is still an active member. He is married to Margaret who works with Loreto Australia and South East Asia and they have three adult children.
Officers of the JCS Council
- Deborah Kent
- Katica Buccheri