Fr David Ranson is a priest of the Diocese of Broken Bay, where he currently serves as Diocesan Administrator and Parish Priest of Holy Name Wahroonga. For many years, Fr David was a senior lecturer in the Sydney College of Divinity, teaching in Spirituality at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, where he was also Academic Registrar until 2014. Fr David holds a Master of Theology Honours degree from the Melbourne College of Divinity and his PhD from Australian Catholic University. Fr David commenced his Religious Life as a member of the Cistercian Order at Tarrawarra Abbey, Yarra Glen, Victoria where he was ordained in 1992. Fr David has written numerous articles on spirituality and pastoral formation and is regularly invited to speak on issues of spirituality and pastoral formation. He serves on the NSW Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee. Fr David is the author of Across the Great Divide – Bridging Spirituality and Religion Today (St Pauls Publications 2002), Living in the Holy Spirit: Elements of Catholic Spirituality (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 2008) and The Paschal Paradox: A meditation on the contemporary challenge of priestly life (St Pauls Publications, 2009), The Hospitality of Ministry (St Pauls Publications, Strathfield, 2012); and Between the Mysticism of Politics and the Politics of Mysticism (ATF Press: Adelaide, 2014).
“Educating for Relationship – Insights of the Benedictine Tradition for Contemporary Catholic Education.”
The ancient text of the Rule of St Benedict has endured because of its insight into the importance of relationship as a pedagogy of formation and leadership. The workshop will explore that insight in dialogue with the document on Catholic Education, Educating Together in Catholic Schools (2007) and through the lens of the significance of ‘listening’ as a key Benedictine value and proposed by the French writer, Simone Weil as the key to education. The workshop will invite participants to consider how this might achieve expression both as leaders in their communities and in the culture of the educational community itself particularly in a socially diverse context.