Speakers and Topics for The Cardinal Knox Memorial Lecture
Year Speaker Topic
2019 Dr Trudy Dantis  "The Voices of Plenary Council" 
2018  Dr Jeff Kildea  "What Price Loyalty?" "Australians in the First World War"
2017  Rev. Prof. Denis Edwards "Ecumenical Priorities after 50 Years of ARCIC"
Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Archbishop of Brisbane 
"Wandering to Journeying, Thoughts on a Synodal Church" 


Prof. Therese D'Orsa
Catholic missiologist and educational leader
"Treasures Old and New: Catholic Education Fifty Years on from Vatican II"


Bishop Paul Bird CSsR  
Eighth Bishop of Ballarat  
"Living Liturgy: The Vision of Vatican II"
2013 Prof. Harold Attridge
Sterling Professor of Divinity, Yale University Divinity School
Dei Verbum Today: Reading the Bible in the Twenty-first Century”
2012 Rev. Ass. Prof. Orm Rush
St Paul's Theological College, Australian  Catholic University, Banyo Campus
"Australia and Vatican II: Assessing the Reception of the Council"
2011 Rev. Dr. Austin Cooper omi AM
Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne
"Newman in Australia"


Rev. Prof. Gerald O’Collins sj AC
Former Dean of Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
"Jesus Our Priest: How can and should we describe the priesthood of Jesus himself?"
2009 Rev Dr. Brendan Byrne sj
Jesuit Theological College, Parkville
"Is Paul a Catholic?"
2008 Prof. Gregory Craven,
Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University
“The Catholic Public Intellectual: An Extinct Species?"
2007 Very Rev. Prof. Francis J. Moloney sdb AM
Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Australia and Oceania
“The Gospel of Judas”
2006 Prof. William Cavanagh
University of St Thomas, St paul, Minneapolis, USA
“The Sacrifice of Love”. The Eucharist as reesistance to Terror and Torture"
Text available in the Daniel Mannix Library"
2005 Cardinal Wilfred Napier ofm
Archbishop of Durban, South Africa
"Good News from Africa"
2004 Not held  
2003 Cardinal Walter Kasper
President, Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity
“The Future of Christianity: Truth and Dialogue in a Post Modern Era”
2002 Bishop Suriel
Coptic Orthodox Diocese, Melbourne
"The Coptic Orthodox Church, History, Beliefs and Spirituality"
2001 Prof. Margaret Manion ibvm AO
Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne
"The Art of Praise: Colour and Harmony in the Illuminated Choir Book"
2000 Prof. Kevin Hart
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Monash University
“The Kingdom and the Trinity”
1999 Mr Gregory Burgess
Gregory Burgess Architects
Designer of Catholic Theological College,
East Melbourne
“The Spirit in Architecture”
1998 Dr Joan Barclay Lloyd
Reader in Art History, LaTrobe University
“Eucharistic Themes in the Art of Rome, Ravenna and Melbourne”
1997 Hon. Michael Tate AO
Former Senator, Federal Minister, and Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Holy See
“A Tale of Three Cities”
1996 Prof. Peter Drake
Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University
“Three Big Words: Australian – Catholic – University”
1995 Archbishop Keith Raynor
Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne
(Topic Unknown)
1994 Rev. Michael Paul Gallagher sj
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
“The Changing Face of Atheism”
1993 Rev. Dr Davis McCaughey AC
Former Governor of Victoria
“James Cardinal Knox: Citizen of Two Worlds”
1992 Very Rev. Alan Jones
Dean, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco, California
“Making One Family Out of Strangers: The Recovery of Catholic Consciousness”
1991 Rev. Dr John O’Donnell sj
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
“God’s Mercy and Justice: What Can We Hope For?”
1990 Rev. Dr Jerome Murphy-O’Connor op
École Biblique, Jerusalem
“Christ and Ministry”
1989 Archbishop Stylianos
Greek Orthodox Primate of Australia
“The Relations between the Greek Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church in Theological Dialogue”
1988 Rev. Prof. John Macquarrie
Emeritus Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford

“The Papacy in an Ecumenical Context”
1987 Prof. Charles Kannengeisser sj
Catherine F. Huisking Prof. of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
"Athanasius of Alexandria: A Paradigm for the Church of Today"
1986 Most Rev. Dr Eric D’Arcy
Bishop of Sale
“Philosophy’s Farewell to God?”
1985 Rev. Prof. Gerald O’Collins sj
Professor of Fundamental Theology
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
“The Resurrection of Jesus: Questions and Challenges"
1984 Rev. Michael Moynihan sj
Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA
“Biblical Journey in Faith and through the Arts”
1983 Rev. David Power OMI
Catholic University of America
“Current Developments in Sacramental Theology”
1982 No Knox Lecture was given this year  
1981 Rev. Stanley L. Jaki osb
Distinguished University Professor,
Seton Hall University, NY
“Science, Ethics and Christianity”
1980 Rev. Patrick Bearsley sm
Lecturer in Philosophy, Mt St Mary’s Seminary, Greenmeadows, NZ
“Infallibility and Certainty”
1979 Rev. Roderick Strange
Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy
“Understanding Newman: Preaching Christ as Saviour”
1978 Rev. Germain Marc’hadour
Professor of Philology, Catholic University of the West, Angers, France. Director, Moreana Quarterly
“The Spirituality of St Thomas More