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Governance Structures


Government of CIS is both personal and collegial. The Chancellor, who is the Archbishop of Sydney, fosters the Catholic Institute of Sydney, promotes its progress and safe-guards its legitimate autonomy within the local and universal Church. He presides at meetings of the Senate. This body is responsible for the ordinary government of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and promotes its vitality. The President is the chief academic and administrative officer of CIS. Her functions include fostering the unity and progress of the Institute, encouraging initiative in teaching and research, and conducting the ordinary administration of CIS. The Academic Board monitors the academic affairs of the Institute and determines the courses to be offered. Its meetings are chaired by the Academic Dean who is responsible for the academic programmes of CIS.


  • Most Rev. Anthony Fisher op (Chancellor)
  • Most Rev. Richard Umbers (Deputy Chancellor)
  • Prof. Sr Isabell Naumann issm (President)
  • Dr Rohan Curnow (Academic Dean)
  • Fr Michael de Stoop (Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd)
  • Fr Eric Skruzny (Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary)
  • Prof. Hayden Ramsay (Experience in higher education administration)
  • Mr Michael Moore (Archdiocesan Chancery; Chair, CIS Finance Committee; experience in financial matters)
  • Rev. Julian Wellspring (Judicial Vicar, Sydney and Canberra-Goulburn; expertise in canon law)
  • Ms Monica Doumit (expertise in civil law)
  • Dr Robert Andrews (CIS Faculty Representative)
  • Mr Ben Saliba (CIS Student Representative)
  • Fr Dave Austin osa (elected by rectors of seminaries and houses of formation other than major Seminaries of Archdiocese of Sydney)