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Assoc. Prof. Michele Connolly rsj*

Assoc. Prof. Michele Connolly rsj*

New Testament

BA (ANU, 1975), DipEd (UNE, 1981), BTh (Hons) (MCD, 1989), MA (CTU, 1990), PhD (GTU, 2009)

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Theological Union, 2008
  • Master of Arts (New Testament), Catholic Theological Union, 1991
  • Bachelor of Theology (Honours), Yarra Theological Union, 1990
  • Diploma of Education, University of New England, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1976


Areas of Research Interests

Gospel of Mark, Pauline Letters, Feminist and Postcolonial Criticism, Literary Criticism


I completed a B.A. at the Australian National University in Canberra and a Dip. Ed. at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. These degrees prepared me to teach as a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar in secondary schools of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. In the mid 1980s I moved into theological education, completing a BTh(Hons) at Yarra Theological Union, and MA in New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and finally a PhD in New Testament at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

These years of studying were interspersed with teaching Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Hunter’s Hill, Sydney in the early 90s and at Catholic Institute of Sydney from 2001.

At CIS I was Deputy President from 2006 to 2009 and Academic Dean from 2006 to 2017. I served as Secretary of the Australian Catholic Biblical Association from 2008 to 2011. I was a member of the Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of St Joseph of Lochinvar, 2009-2013.

Since returning to Sydney in 2001 I have contributed to many forms of adult education in the Scriptures in programs run by dioceses, parishes, religious orders and various renewal groups in Sydney and around Australia.

Select Publications

  • “Studying the New Testament.” In Theology and the People of God: So We Pray, So We Believe, So We Live, edited by Anthony M. Maher, 114–28. Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls Publications, 2021.
  • “Beauty Revealed in Ugliness: A Reading of the Death of Jesus as Depicted in Mark 15:22–39.” In Beauty and Christian Tradition, edited by Matthew Del Nevo, Robert Andrews and Rohan Curnow, 111–31. Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls Publications, 2020.
  • “Antipodean and Biblical Encounter: Postcolonial Vernacular Hermeneutics in Novel Form.” Religion 10, no. 6, art. 358 (2019): 1–21. (Reissued in Current Trends in New Testament Study, edited by Robert E. Van Voorst, 4–24. Basel: MDPI, 2020.)
  • “On First Looking into Paul’s Romans and Why Roman Catholics Need to Do it More.” In Romans and the Legacy of St Paul: Historical, Theological, and Social Perspectives, edited by Peter G. Bolt and James R. Harrison, 549–60. Macquarie Park, NSW: SCD Press, 2019.
  • Disorderly Women and the Order of God: An Australian Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark. London: T&T Clark, 2018.
  • “A Markan Vision of Wellbeing.” In Well-being, Personal Wholeness and the Social Fabric: An Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by Doru Costache, Darren Cronshaw and James R. Harrison, 32–54. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
  • “The World’s Golden Rule in Christian Mode.” Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 3, no. 2 (2015): 142–54.
  • “Women Bold with Authority: The Horse Thief, the Debater and the Biblical Scholar.” In Reading Ideologies: Essays on the Bible and Interpretation in Honour of Mary Ann Tolbert, edited by Tat-siong Benny Liew, 31–44. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.