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Current Members
Very Reverend Fr Denis Stanley - Chair
Very Reverend Fr Denis Stanley EV is the Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Chair of the Commission. He has been active in Archdiocesan and National Ecumenical initiatives, especially as a member of the executive at the National Council of Churches of Australia. He has a particular interest in ecumenical dialogue and is a member of the Australian Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Dialogue. He has also been the facilitator for the "trialogue" between the Lutheran, Uniting and Anglican churches. Fr Denis is currently serving as the Senior Formator at Corpus Christi College.
Mr David Schütz - Executive Officer
Mr David Schütz has been the executive officer of the Commission since 2002. He was a Lutheran pastor from 1992 to 2001 and was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. A long term member of the Victorian Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission (both as a Lutheran and a Catholic), David served as Chair of the Commission from 2012 to 2015. His theological interests focus on ecumenism, church history and liturgical theology. He is an adult faith educator for Anima Education, a cantor in his local parish and at the Cathedral, and a member of the Australian Rat Fanciers Association.
Rev. Dr John Dupuche
Rev. Dr John Dupuche is the Parish Priest of the Ricketts Point Catholic parish. He is the Parish Priest of the Ricketts Point Catholic parish. He is Chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and much engaged in interreligious relations. He is particularly interested in the interface between Christianity and Kashmir Shaivism. He has recently presented for publication a book on mantra meditation which draws together the teaching of Christianity and Kashmir Shaivism on the mantra. He writes papers and conducts retreats in addition to his normal parish duties. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University.
Dr Max Stephens
Dr Max Stephens  is a senior research fellow in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne. He is the longest serving member of the Commission, having been a member since 1978. He has served as member and chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Victorian Council of Churches; and has been an executive member of the Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria).  He is also active in inter-church activities in Kensington as a member of the pastoral council of his parish.
Mrs Gwenda Rait
Mrs Gwenda Rait joined the Commission in 2006. She is also a member of the Catholic Interfaith Committee, and very much involved in local interfaith issues in the Knox Interfaith
Dr Mary Reaburn NDS
 Dr Mary Reaburn joined the Commission in 2006. She is a Sister of Our Lady of Sion, and a lecturer in Old Testament studies at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill. She is also a member of the Catholic Interfaith Committee. Her special interest and expertise is Jewish Christian relations, in particular Jewish interpretation of the Bible and the biblical imperative for justice. The Sion Sisters conduct a Centre for Biblical Formation in Jerusalem and Mary works some months of each year in this Centre.
Cheryl Camp RSM
Sr Cheryl Camp is a Mercy Sister who holds the degree of Master of Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Melbourne University. She has worked extensively in education in Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, and with Aboriginal Communities in Australia. Her special interest is Muslim-Christian dialogue. She has been a member of the Commission since 2012.
Mr Jeff Wild
Mr Jeff Wild works for the National Council of Churches in Australia as the Development Officer for their international aid agency, Act for Peace. Jeff was previously a teacher and has holds an M.Ed. in Religious Education. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Executive Officer of this Commission. Since joining Act for Peace (then Christian World Service) in 2001, he has travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Fiji, Geneva and Kuala Lumpur, and completed a Graduate Certificate in International Development. Jeff is married to Rev. Margie Dahl of the Uniting Church in Australia and together they are particularly interested in interchurch families. Jeff has been a member of the Commission since 2013.
Associate Professor Nasir Butrous
Dr Nasir Butrous is Associate Professor of Management at the Australian Catholic University in the Faculty of Law and Business. Before he took up this role, Nasir had been actively involved as a Member of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in the Archdiocese of Brisbane (since 2003) and Chair of the Brisbane Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Taskforce (since 2002). He is a member of the Chaldean Catholic Church with a special interest in Muslim-Christian dialogue. Nasir joined the Commission in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2013.
Dr Edmund Chia
Dr Edmund Chia is originally from Malaysia. He served as Executive Secretary of Interreligious Dialogue for the Asian Bishops' Conferences from 1996-2004. He then joined Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where he last served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Doctrinal Studies department. Since 2011 he has been on the faculty of the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Edmund joined the Commission in 2014. For further information, see the ACU website.
Past Members
Monsignor Peter Kenny:
Monsignor Peter Kenny: Ordained in 1962, Peter earned a Doctorate in Theology and was a lecturer at Corpus Christi College from 1971 until 1992. From then until his retirement in 2013 he was Parish Priest of St Monica’s, Moonee Ponds. Peter held the his position as the Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Chair of the Commission in January 2010. He is a Diocesan Censor, a member of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal since 1968, and the Treasurer of the Victorian Council of Churches.
Monsignor Franco Cavarra
Monsignor Franco Cavarra, is parish priest of St. Christopher’s Airport West He has been involved in Ecumenical work since since his ordination in 1998. Prior to becoming a priest, he was involved in the performing arts as a freelance director of opera and drama and Arts Festivals generally. His interest in Ecumenism dates back to his student days at university. Father Franco directed the "Stations of the Cross" production at World Youth Day.
Fr Len Thomas
Sr Margaret Galvin
Mr Gary Cuthell
In Memoriam
In Memoriam: Sister Gabrielle Smyth
Sister Gabrielle Smyth (11-3-1925 to 15-7-2010) was a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart who served as Provincial Superior and moved to Rome as an Assistant to the Sister General in the late 1960s. While in Rome, she came to appreciate the developments that were taking place in the Catholic Church following the Council. On her return to Melbourne, Dr Percy Jones nominated her as one of the first Catholic Delegate on the VCC, remaining an active delegate until the year of her death. She was one of the first from Australia to attend the Irish School of Ecumenics in Dublin.
Tribute to Dr Basil Johns
Dr Basil Johns (11-10-1930 to 4-02-2013) was the longest serving member of the Commission, from July 1970 to July 2010. He was was a pioneer of organic geochemistry in Australia, teaching in the Chemistry department at Melbourne University. In the early days of the Commission, Basil assisted with the 1973 Eucharistic Congress and was editor of the Ecumenical Bulletin, chairing Commission meetings on occasions when Fr Percy Jones was unavailable. Basil was a Catholic delegate to the Victorian Council of Churches from the time when the Archdiocese joined the Council in 1979 until 2010. In 2004, Basil gained a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Melbourne College of Divinity, and a Master of Theology degree in 2011.
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