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Saint Paul University to offer Master’s and Licentiate in Canon Law in Australia

A world-first partnership between The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) and Saint Paul University (SPU) will allow SPU to offer its Master’s and Licentiate in Canon Law in Australia to students throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Through the partnership, SPU will deliver a combination of online courses and intensive residential courses at the BBI campus in Sydney. Thus, students from the Asia-Pacific region will no longer have to relocate to Canada to study canon law—a requirement that was a major obstacle for many students who were reluctant to leave their families and jobs behind.

The master’s and licentiate programs in canon law are relevant to members of the clergy, members of religious orders, and lay persons interested in receiving comprehensive training in canon law and learning how best to apply the rules of the Church in a pastoral manner for the common good of the faithful.

Chantal Beauvais, Rector of Saint Paul University, is delighted with this new collaboration: “This partnership highlights the dynamism and effectiveness of distance learning at SPU, and the ingenuity of the Faculty of Canon Law in reaching out to prospective students around the world.”

Bishop Brian Finnigan, Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane, said, “As Chair of the Bishops’ Commission for Canon Law and the Australian Catholic Council for Canon Law, I heartily support this new venture. Our world and our Church are in constant evolution, and the need for educated and well-formed canonists is clear.”

BBI received a nihil obstat from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for the establishment of this prestigious program in Australia.

The Broken Bay Institute is one of the largest Catholic providers of online theological education in the Asia-Pacific region, through its partnerships with various organizations and educational institutions, notably the University of Newcastle (Australia), the University of Tasmania, and the University of Wollongong.

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BBI May Session 2016


DCA 5203 Consecrated Life - Dr. Helen Delaney rsm and Dr. Maria Casey rsj

DCA 6366 Special Problems in Canon Law VI: Particular Law - Dr. Chad Glendinning

Please check the link for May Schedule.

Dr. Chad J. Glendinning

Dr. Chad J. Glendinning

B.A. in Philosophy (2001) from the University of Western Ontario – King’s College, London, ON; B.Th. (2005), J.C.L. (2008) and J.C.D. (2010) from Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON; M.C.L. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Chad J. Glendinning is an associate professor and secretary of the Faculty of Canon Law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, where he has taught since 2010. Professor Glendinning has lectured and published on a wide variety of canonical subjects, most notably in the area of sacramental and liturgical law. His publications can be found in Worship, Studia canonica, Studies in Church Law, Questions Liturgiques, CLSA Proceedings, and Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions


Dr Helen Delaney rsmDr. Helen Delaney rsm

CTE (MTC) BA (Melb) MEdAdmin (UNE) DCL (SPU) PhD (Ottawa) FACE

Helen Delaney, rsm, is a member of the Department of Moral Theology and Canon Law as well as the Department of Church History at the Catholic Theological College, in Melbourne. She teaches Canon Law. She is a religious of the Sisters of Mercy (rsm). Dr. Delaney holds a Certificate in Teaching Education from Mercy Teachers College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, a Masters in Education Administration from the University of New England, a Doctorate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University (Ottawa), and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Canon Law) from the University of Ottawa.


Dr. Maria Casey rsjDr. Maria Casey rsj

BSc (University New South Wales) Dip Ed (University New England) Dip Communications Sociales (Université Catholique de Lyon) BA (University Wollongong) MStudiesFrench (University Wollongong) JCD (Saint Paul University) PhD (U Ottawa) 2000

Maria Casey is Vicar for Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese of Sydney, President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, and canonical consultant in religious law. She teaches Canon Law and is the author of New Forms of Consecrated Life and Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop.