Broken Bay to host Bible Conference on the Gospel of Matthew


7 September 2017 General Interest

The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is delighted to host its fifth Bible Conference on “The Gospel of Matthew: Journey into Discipleship” from 6-7 October 2017 at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills.

The Conference brings together Australian biblical scholars and educators Rev Dr Chris Monaghan, CP and Dr Debra Snoddy, who will lead us through the Jewish-Christian tapestry of Matthew’s Gospel to discover for ourselves what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay will open the proceedings and will be joined by Most Rev David Walker, Bishop Emeritus of Broken Bay, who will offer reflections during the program.

Topics will include: Introducing Matthew’s Community; The Infancy Narrative; The Sermon on the Mount; The Miracle Cycle; the Commission of the Disciples; the Parables; Jesus’ Jerusalem Ministry; Eschatological Discourse; and the Passion Narrative and Resurrection.

Rev Dr Chris Monaghan, CP, studied at Yarra Theological Union (YTU) and at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem, returning in 1986 to commence teaching at YTU. Chris has taught New Testament since then and has been President of the College since 2009.

Dr Debra Snoddy is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS). Debra completed an STL in Sacred Scripture in 1999 at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and was awarded a PhD and STD in 2014 from the same university. Debra has held positions at the Archdiocese of Armagh; All Hallows College, Dublin; and Carlow College, Carlow in Ireland.

“In a world that pulls us in so many different directions, the real need for time out of these tensions and time with God is more important than ever," said Dr Snoddy. "The community for which Matthew wrote had very similar experiences to our own. With Matthew, let us, once again discover who we are really called to be, and what we are really called to do. The commission of the disciple in Matthew 28 begins with just that! Let us discover together what ‘that’ is for Matthew and for ourselves as we explore the Jewish-Christian tapestry of his Gospel. Why are we called? To whom are we sent? And how can Matthew help us along the journey into discipleship.”

Following on from the success of previous conferences, the “Gospel of Matthew: Journey into Discipleship” promises to offer an exciting opportunity to discover our sacred texts in a fresh way.

Registrations close 3 October 2017.
For further information and registration details go to
or call 02 9847 0474 or email

Conference Proudly Sponsored by Catholic Church Insurance




Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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