Dr. John Collins


Dr John Francis Collins (with his family in Hawaii)


BTheol (MCD, 1987), GradDipEd (Secondary) (ICE, 1987), MTh (Sydney), MEd (Pastoral Guidance) (CCES, 1997), PhD (ACU, 2014)


Areas of Research Interest


- Practical Theology and Theological Method

- Lonergan Studies

- Pastoral Theology and formation for ministry

- The relationship between theology and the human sciences particularly psychoanalytic theory and practice

- Group Relations and Socio Analytic theory

- Cultural Anthropology

- Vocational Anthropology




Originally from Melbourne, John moved to Sydney in 1988 and now lives in Sydney’s Inner West with his wife Dr Sandra Carroll and they have two young adult sons, Paul and Bede.

John has worked for over twenty five years in Church agencies. His roles have included pastoral work in a Catholic hospital, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching in Catholic institutions, adult faith education, diocesan renewal, and co-ordination of RCIA and organisational consultancy.

Before beginning with CIS in 2016 John worked at the National Office for Evangelisation – Catholic Enquiry Centre from 2007 to 2015. Previous to that he was at Centacare Sydney for 14 years where he worked in a variety of roles including marriage education, research and the development of social policy.

John is an active member of the Australian Catholic Theological Association and currently president of the Association for Practical Theology in Oceania. 

Currently an aspirant for the Permanent Diaconate. John is also a passionate Sydney Swans member and supporter.





Questioning the role of enchantment for the new evangelisation” in Australasian Catholic Record, 90:2 (2013) 196-206 , John Francis Collins and Sandra Carroll


“New Evangelisation in the Parish” John Francis Collins The Australasian Catholic Record July 2012 Vol 89, No 3 311-321


“Teaching Practical Theology: Implications for Theological Education with Reference to Lonergan's Theoretical Framework” John Francis Collins and Sandra Carroll, Australian eJournal of Theology Vol 18, No 2, 2011


Hearing God’s Call: An Audio Introduction to the Catholic Faith, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 2011


Call and Response an Introduction to the Catholic Faith, St Pauls Publications, Homebush, and Catholic Enquiry Centre, 2010


John Collins & Marita Winters. Reconnect: A Program of Welcome for Inactive Catholics. Canberra: Australian Catholics Bishops Conference, 2008.


John Collins. & Marita Winters. Rewired: A Catholic Evangelisation Program for Young People. Canberra: Australian Catholics Bishops Conference, 2008.


“Learning from Experience: Formation for the Ministry of Educational Leadership and Group Relations Program.” Directions for Catholic EducationalLeadership in the 21st Century: The Vision, Challenge and Reality. Ed. Tony d’Arbon. Sydney: ACU National Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership, 2007. [CD Rom]


Report Holyoake Maitland-Newcastle March 2007 Centacare Sydney


“Learning from Experience: Formation for Ministry and Group Relations Programs. “ACU   E- Journal of Theology, February 2007


“Faith Seeking Understanding for Action: Bernard Lonergan and Practical Theology”, ACU E- Journal of Theology, Spring 2006


Ghosts Migrants and Fundamentalism Group Relations Australia Newsletter Spring 2006


Socially Responsible Indicators For Policy, Practice and Benchmarking in Service Organisations Research Report August 2005 Australian Catholic University Co Authors Professor Patrick Duigian, Associate Professor Jude Butcher, Ben Spies Butcher


52 Weekly Reflections for St Paul Publications Parish newsletter


Information Technology and Religious Education: Religious “Education Journal of Australia” Vol.21 2005


Theological Background for Social Justice Chapter Teachers’ Manual “In Search of Meaning” Ed Dr. Marie MacDonald, Collins, Blackburn 1997

Art as a Reflection of Australian Spirituality Compass Theological Review. 1998.


“Compulsory Marriage Education?” Threshold 1997


"Ecotheology" Religious Education Journal of Australia 1992