2009 Australian Lonergan Workshop

Hope and History:
Implementing the Lonergan Legacy


April 24th – 26th 2009

History challenges us to live at the level of our times; hope enables us to face that challenge by taking a stand—robust enough to resist the inconsistencies and injustices of human institutions, forgiving enough to promote the intelligence, reasonableness, and freedom of the graced human spirit.

Lonergan’s achievement was to retrieve interiority as grounds for the far larger work of implementing a critical methodology of authentic collaboration in meeting history’s challenges.  Today’s crises highlight the necessity and urgency of handing on his legacy to future generations

The 2009 Workshop aims to identify ways in which Lonergan’s methodology can be utilized in meeting some of the current crises in our world as well as ways in which his achievement can be handed on to future generations—particularly as current crises demand long term solutions.


Friday 24th April 10.00am – 5.00pm

Day 1: Theme: Critical thinking: The Dynamics of Knowing

10.00 – Registration – tea & coffee available

10.30 – Welcome

11.00 – Mind and its Minder: John Little

Morning tea break at approximately 11.30am

1.00 – Lunch

1.45 – Panel response: Discovering Generalised Empirical Method in my work/discipline
Panel Members will include: Stephen Ames, Tom Daly, Con O’Donovan

Afternoon tea break at approximately 3.15

3.30 – Open discussion

5.00 – Close Day 1 – Wine and cheese

Saturday 25th April: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Day 2: Theme: Decision making: The Dynamics of Doing

Note: Eucharist will be held on Saturday morning at 8.15 followed by breakfast at 8.45

9.30 – Review of Day 1

10.00 – Decision Making: Structure of Human Good: Tom Halloran

Morning tea break at approximately 11.30am

12.00 – Panel response: Evaluating the current world context
Panel members will include: Jack Flanagan, Patrick J. McInerney, Paul Oslington, Kathleen Williams

1.00 – Lunch

1.45 – Open Discussion

Afternoon tea break at approximately 3.15pm

4.00 – The Law of the Cross: Robin Koning, SJ

5.00 – Close Day 2 – Wine and cheese

7.00 – Workshop Dinner

Sunday 26th April: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Day 3: Theme: Authentic living in Community: The Dynamics of Collaborating

Note: Eucharist will be held on Sunday morning at 8.15 followed by breakfast at 8.45

9.30 – Review of Day 1 and Day 2

10.00 – Global Functional Collaboration (Functional Specialisation): Sean McNelis

Morning tea break at approximately 11.00am

11.30 – Panel response: Implementing Global Functional Collaboration
Panel Members will include: John Boyd-Turner, John Collins, Tom Halloran

12.30 – Lunch

1.15 – The Trinity: Peter Beer, SJ

2.00 – Open discussion and review of workshop

3.00 – Workshop concludes

Afternoon tea


Thomas Carr Centre,
278 Victoria Parade,
East Melbourne