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8 January 2019

CSU Graduation 2018

On Monday 10 December at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta, we watched as many of our graduands crossed over to receive their awards. We are so proud of our graduates and offer our sincerest congratulations and best wishes to all.

St Mark’s student Jacqueline Service received her PhD along with a Higher Degree by Research University Medal — one of the University’s highest academic honours.

Dr Service gave the Vote of Thanks to the Occasional Speaker on behalf of the graduands.

The following St Mark’s students attended the graduation ceremony to receive their award.

 

Jacqueline Helena Grace Service

Doctor of Philosophy with higher Degree by Research University Medal

Jacqueline Helena Grace Service

Divine Self-Enrichment and Human Well-Being: A Systematic Theological Inquiry, with Special Reference to Development and Humanitarian Aid

Dr Service’s doctoral thesis explored one of the most intellectually challenging theological topics, the concept of the Trinity, on the basis of which she sought to provide a coherent theological rationale for other-oriented humanitarian aid. It is titled, ”

Through examination of the doctrine of the Trinity, Jacqueline’s thesis critiques the dominance of secular humanism in international development and provides an alternate paradigm for Christian rationale and praxis. The thesis locates principles for realising human well-being through the dynamism of Trinitarian relationality; where divine well-being is commensurate with kenosis. The thesis outlines the logic of “kenotic-enrichment” and its application for human well-being.

Two international examiners recommended that her thesis be passed without amendment, and her Australian examiner recommended that her thesis be passed subject to minor amendments (typographical corrections or suggested clarifications of expression).

At a conceptual level, all three examiners praised the thesis for its scholarly rigour, compositional design, cogent argumentation, and originality. At times, the examiners’ reports read as critiques of work by a scholarly peer. “This is one of the more intriguing and imaginative doctoral studies I have read in some years,” writes Professor Percy. “Painstakingly and ingeniously researched, precisely and appealingly designed, and skillfully argued from beginning to end” is Professor Clarke’s appraisal of the nominee’s thesis. And in the opinion of Professor Mostert, an expert on one of the theologians (Pannenberg) appraised in the thesis and a pedantic scholar himself, “this is an outstanding thesis, one of the best I have examined in the course of my academic work over several decades.”

Miriam Ruth Bruning

Doctor of Philosophy

Miriam Ruth Bruning

Jesus Christ, the Good Community and the Common Good

This thesis explores how good communities spring from the work of Jesus Christ, bringing a conception of ‘common good’ to the wider community. Competitive individualism and an overreaching nation-state have undermined the concept and practice of a ‘common good’, both with Christian communities and beyond. But Jesus Christ establishes good communities, comprising reconciled relationships with God and one another. This divine and human instantiation of a common good assists us better to articulate and support the general community’s common good.

Christopher Swann

Doctor of Philosophy

Christopher Swann

The Theological Significance of Discipleship in Church Dogmatics IV/2 §66: Karl Barth’s vision of sanctification as a resource for Christian living at the end of Christendom

Barth’s vision of sanctification in Church Dogmatics IV/2 §66 makes salient the image of discipleship, a term describing our following of Jesus in the present. Anticipating the contemporary “turn” to discipleship in theology and ethics, Barth’s vision of sanctification is demonstrated as theological and Christocentric rather than merely valorising human activity. Sanctification, shaped by discipleship, provides an important resource for contemporary Christianity.

Russell Warnken

Doctor of Philosophy

Russell Warnken

Turning to God in Acts: Insights from Three Key Conversion Narratives by Luke

This thesis undertakes a narrative-critical investigation of three conversion accounts of an Ethiopian, Saul, and Cornelius in Acts 8:4 to 11:18, focusing on divine and human characterisation. In these conversion narratives, divine agency takes precedence, but a positive human response to divine initiative is also required. This intersection of divine agency and positive human response is most clearly seen in baptism, which is common to all three conversion accounts

Russell teaches New Testament Greek at St Mark’s National Theological Centre.

Dirk Andre van Doorene

Master of Arts (Pastoral Counselling) with Distinction

Dirk Andre van Doorene

Dirk is also the recipient of St Mark’s Greg Eather Memorial Prize for meritorious work in Christianity and Australian Society.

Krista Louise Hooke

Master of Arts (Religious and Values Education)

Krista Louise Hooke

John Peruvanchakuzhiyil Kuruvilla

Master of Ministry with Distinction

John Peruvanchakuzhiyil Kuruvilla

John is also the recipient of St Mark’s Owen Dowling Prize for pastoral studies. This prize is awarded annually for outstanding work in pastoral ministry.

Daniel Vincent Rouhead

Master of Ministry with Distinction

Daniel Vincent Rouhead

Graham Keith Knott

Master of Ministry

Graham Keith Knott

Rebecca Anne Hilton

Master of Theology

Rebecca Anne Hilton

Rebecca is also the recipient of St Mark’s Victoria Gibbons History Prize for the best essay in Church History written in 2018. She has also received a scholarship to continue her work as a PhD student.

Carolyn Joy Street

Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies with Distinction

Carolyn Joy Street

Susan Frances Gittoes

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Susan Frances Gittoes

Michelle Wendy Webb

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Michelle Wendy Webb

Belinda Joy Chapman

Bachelor of Theology with Distinction

Belinda Joy Chapman

Terence Craig

Bachelor of Theology

Terence Craig

Jennifer Ann Dearden

Bachelor of Theology

Jennifer Ann Dearden

Paul Michael Eagar

Bachelor of Theology

Paul Michael Eagar

Angela Jane NcNeill

Bachelor of Theology

Angela Jane NcNeill

Edward Kenneth Moala

Bachelor of Theology

Edward Kenneth Moala

Myeongcheol Oh

Bachelor of Theology

Myeongcheol Oh

Craig Murray Rogers

Bachelor of Theology

Craig Murray Rogers

Angela Jane Stanfield

Bachelor of Theology

Angela Jane Stanfield

Fleur Marrianne Wimborne

Bachelor of Theology

Fleur Marrianne Wimborne

Diploma of Theology

Jane Ross Craig

Diploma of Theology

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