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Most Reverend Peter J. Elliott

Most Reverend Peter J Elliott MA (Melb) MA (Oxon), STD (JPII Rome), Sacramental Theology and Catechetics

PERSONAL

ElliottPeter John Elliott was born in 1943, in Melbourne.  His parents were Rev. Leslie Llewelyn Elliott and Irene Ann (June) Rooke.

After education in government schools and Melbourne Grammar School (1956-1961), he gained a Master of Arts in history, University of Melbourne, and a Master of Arts in theology, University of Oxford. At Oxford he was received into the Catholic Church in June 1968.  He returned to Melbourne in 1969 to commence studies for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Glen Waverley.

He was ordained a priest in 1973 at the Fortieth International Eucharistic Congress and went on to work as Assistant Priest in Springvale, Lilydale and at Mentone, where he was Secretary to Bishop John A. Kelly, 1979-1984.  He also served briefly as Assistant Priest in East Hampton in 1987.

In 1984 he commenced doctoral research at the Lateran University, Rome, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.  He gained a Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1986 with a thesis on the sacramentality of marriage.

In 1987 he became an Official of the Pontifical Council for the Family in the Roman Curia.  In 1992 he was named a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title Monsignor.  During ten years of Vatican service he travelled extensively and was involved in international courses and conferences on the family and marriage in all continents.

Msgr. Elliott was a member of the Delegation of the Holy See at the United Nations Conference on Population held in Cairo (1994), at the United Nations Social Summit held in Copenhagen (1995) and at the United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing (1995). 

In December 1997 he returned to Australia to become Episcopal Vicar for Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  He is the General Editor of the Archdiocesan religious education texts, To Know, Worship and Love.

In December 2001 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary the Immaculate Conception, East Malvern.

In 2004 he was created a Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II.

In December 2004 he was appointed Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne. 

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as an Auditor at the World Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, held in Rome in October 2005.

In 2005 he was appointed to a five-year term as Consulter to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

On April 30, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Titular Bishop of Manaccenser and Auxiliary Bishop in Melbourne. He was ordained Bishop on June 15, 2007. Archbishop Denis J. Hart entrusted him with the Southern Region of Archdiocese of Melbourne.

In 2007 he was elected a Member of Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission on Pastoral Life and appointed Bishop Member of the Australian Catholic Disability Council.

In November, 2009, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference appointed him Episcopal Delegate for the project of a Personal Ordinariate for former Anglicans in Australia.

In 2010 this appointment was recognized by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Bishop Elliott is well known as a speaker and as the author of books and articles in the fields of theology, Church history, catechetics, liturgy, marriage and the family, apologetics and demography.

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS (2010)

  • Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Southern Region of the Archdiocese
  • A Vicar General
  • Episcopal Vicar for Religious Education
  • Consulter to the Archbishop of Melbourne
  • Member of the Curia and the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Censor Deputatus of the Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Episcopal Delegate of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference for the Anglican Use Ordinariate project, recognised by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
  • Director, Permanent Fellow and Professor of the John Paul II Institute for the Family, Melbourne
  • Lecturer in Sacramental Theology at Catholic Theological College
  • Chairman of Committee for Education in Human Sexuality, Vicariate for Religious Education, Catholic Education Office Melbourne
  • Member of the International Council for Catechesis, Congregation for the Clergy
  • Chaplain, Knight Commander with Star, Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
  • Board Member of Chaplains without Borders

ACADEMIC CURRICULUM VITAE

Born October 1, 1943

1961

Matriculation: Melbourne Church of England Boys Grammar School
1965 Bachelor of Arts, Honours: Pure History with Philosophy Major University of Melbourne (Trinity College) (Final Year Thesis: “The Encomium Sancti Thomae Aquinatis in the Life and Thought of Lorenzo Valla")
1967 Master of Arts: (Postgraduate) History Thesis: “The Jansenist Conflict (1640 – 1800)” University of Melbourne
1969 Master of Arts: Theology, University of Oxford: resident 1967-1968 St Stephen’s  House; 1968-1969: Saint Benet’s Hall
1969 Lecturer: Church History: Corpus Christi Seminary, Melbourne
1970-72 Studies in Theology and Canon Law, Corpus Christi Seminary, Melbourne
1970-71 Tutor: Systematic Theology: Corpus Christi Seminary, Melbourne
1979 Lecturer in Systematic Theology: Christ the Priest Seminary, Scoresby
1986 Doctor of Sacred Theology (summa cum laude)  Lateran University Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per studi su matrimonio e famiglia Thesis published in 1990: What God Has Joined: The Sacramentality of Marriage
1985-1991 Lecturer in Sacramental Theology, Rome Semester at the Thomas More College, Merrimack NH, USA<
1987- Theological advisor to series Precis of Official Catholic Teaching, Catholics Committed to Support the Pope, Washington DC
1997 Awarded the Aquinas Medal, Domican House of Studies, Washington DC
1998 Lecturer in Sacramental Theology at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne
1998-2001 Member of the Melbourne College of Divinity
1998-2005 Member of the Council of St Marys College, University of Melbourne/td>
2001 Permanent Fellow and Professor of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne
2002 Member of the International Council for Catechesis of the Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican City
2004 Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne 
2005 Auditor at the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist
2005-2010 Consulter to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican City

MAJOR PUBLISHED WORKS

1970 -

Thoughts of Jesus Christ.  Catholic Truth Society, London, UK

1976 -

Prayers of Jubilee.  Dwyer, Sydney, Australia

1977 -

Christ at Work in His Sacraments.  Catholic Enquiry Centre, Sydney, Australia

1980 -

Ministry at the Altar.  Dwyer, Sydney, Australia

1984 -

Let us Pray to the Lord.  Dwyer, Sydney, Australia

1990 -

What God has Joined: the Sacramentality of Marriage.  Alba, New York, USA

1995 -

Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite.  Ignatius, San Francisco, USA

1998 -

Liturgical Question Box.  Ignatius, San Francisco, USA

1999- -

General Editor, To Know, Worship and Love, religious education texts, Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, James Goold House Publications, Melbourne

2003 -

Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, Ignatius, San Francisco, USA

2004 -

Revised edition: Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite, Ignatius, San Francisco, USA

2005 -

Editor: Catholic Studies for Senior Secondary Students, Years 11/12, To Know, Worship and Love religious education texts, Archdiocese of Melbourne and Sydney James Goold House Publications, Melbourne

2007 -

Prayers for Receiving the Eucharist Family Publications, Oxford UK

2009 -

Editor: Prayers of the Faithful, Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New Jersey, USA

Editor: Ministers of Life, revised ed. James Goold House Publications, Melbourne

 

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