The Diocese of Wollongong and the Diocese of Parramatta are co-hosting two days of presentations by Fr Hans Zollner SJ. The event is being sponsored by Carroll & O’Dea, Makinson d’Apice and Catholic Church Insurance. The event is also being supported by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, the Diocese of Broken Bay, the NSW Professional Standards Office and the NSW Ombudsman. Hans will address the most significant issues facing the Catholic Church today, with respect to harmful behaviour including the theological and spiritual implications arising from the abuse crisis and their impact on victims and survivors, together with members of the Church.
Hans is regarded as one of the leading ecclesiastical experts in the field of safeguarding of minors and on areas concerning sexual abuse both in the Catholic Church and beyond. He has been a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors since 2014 and the head of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Gregorian) in Rome. Hans is a German theologian and psychologist. Since 2003, he has taught at the Institute of Psychology at the Gregorian and has been the academic vice rector of the Gregorian since 2010.
Both days will be facilitated by Susan Pascoe, the current President of the Australian Council for International Development. Prior to this role, Susan was the Inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
The event will implement a pay-it-forward scheme, whereby a Friday ticket will cost $100, and will cover the expense of attendance for one person on the Saturday. Those wishing to attend on Saturday will still need to register.
FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018 (approx 10am–5pm) Presentation directed to Catholic Church personnel including child protection and safeguarding professionals, principals, teachers and staff, social welfare leaders and staff, clergy, religious, and other employees and volunteers.
SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 (approx 10am–3pm) Presentation directed to victims and survivors of abuse, their family, friends, and advocacy and support groups together with faithful members of the Church, particularly parishioners.
To view more information or to reserve tickets please visit www.hanszollner.dow.org.au