CIAN Team

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Stewart Bazzica

Stewart has been involved for over 20 Years with RCIA at both the diocesan and National level. A previous past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the CIAN. For the last 2 years Stewart has been an ex-officio member of the executive committee and has been maintaining the website

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Paula Flynn

Paula, originally from the UK, trained as a Catechist for RCIA at the Maryvale Institute in England in the early 1990s, and helped with adult formation in her parish for several years. She has been involved in RCIA at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney for about fifteen years. Working in a Cathedral rather than a parish context brings its own challenges, but also its own joys, not least worshipping and working in magnificent surroundings. She is blessed with the support of a wonderful team of catechists, and of helpful and dynamic priests. Most of the enquirers are young, many from Asia, and many with little or no religious background. Paula is awed at the enormous privilege of helping them to discover the living God and the riches of the Church, and to become committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

At the Diocesan level, Paula helped organise and mark the RCIA diploma course for parish catechists which was held in Sydney two years ago, and she has given regular presentations on practical aspects of the RCIA at various training days.

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Lisa McKerr

Lisa McKerr works for the Archdiocese of Brisbane as a Project Officer at Evangelisation Brisbane on the Adult Formation team. With a passion for leading people to God, Lisa is the key author of Crossroads RCIA, the RCIA resource for young people aged 9 to 16. Lisa has worked extensively in parishes as a Pastoral Associate, RCIA Coordinator and Sacramental Coordinator. She is the Secretary of the Archdiocesan Catechumenate Committee and an ex-officio member of the Pastoral Ministers Association. Lisa has a deep commitment to promoting RCIA and Evangelisation in the Archdiocese.

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Mandy Robinson

Mandy Robinson, from Melbourne, has over twenty years’ experience with the RCIA in parishes in both Australia and New Zealand. As a mother of four children, and now also a grandmother of ten, her passion is the development of faith in children. Married to globe- trotting David (who has just retired), she has lived in India and New Zealand, where she worked as volunteer setting up sewing programs for underprivileged teenagers. A contributor to various diocesan resources, she has developed a process of adapting the RCIA, for families with unbaptised children, emphasising the use of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word as a model. Mandy owns a small business, in partnership with her brother and works part-time keeping the accounts. Along with writing and sewing, her favourite activity is singing and is currently a member of a local community choir.

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Christine Wood

Dr Christine Wood is the Director of the Office of Evangelisation & Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Hobart. She works to develop the RCIA and sacramental preparation processes in parishes, and forms parishioners to be missionary disciples for evangelisation and catechetical ministry. Christine is committed to helping Catholics to become biblically literate, with Christ-like hearts, and a sacramental worldview.

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Sharon Brewer

Sharon is the Mission Projects Manager for the National Centre for Evangelisation which includes the Catholic Enquiry Centre, located in Canberra. Both of these agencies are under the care of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Prior to this Sharon has worked at archdiocesan and parish levels focusing on sacrament preparation, parish team formation and RCIA. She is passionate about helping people come to know what it is like to have Christ in their life.

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Kathy Horan

Kathy has recently joined the Office for worship in the Adelaide Archdiocese. The main focus of her work is the support and coordination of the RCIA across the Archdiocese, along with supporting Infant Baptism Teams in parishes and Adult Confirmation preparation and celebrations. Prior to this role, Kathy worked extensively in Catholic schools in South Australia as Religious Education Consultant with the CEO, as teacher, REC, school leader and active member of a Parish Sacrament Team. A major focus for many years has been working with families across parish and school to prepare children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Initiation. Kathy is a writer and author of the ‘Becoming Catholic’ Sacrament series and has served as a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, recently taking up the role of Chair of the Commission.

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Max Norden

Max Norden is RCIA coordinator for Lumen Christi pastoral region in the diocese of Wollongong. The pastoral region incorporates the parishes of St Francis Xavier Cathedral Wollongong, St John Vianney parish Fairy meadow (and co-cathedral), and St Brigid parish Gwynneville. The combined parishes of the Pastoral Region now make it the 35th largest parish in Australia. Each parish within the pastoral region has its own RCIA. Max’s involvement in RCIA is more than 15 years. He started his parish ministry involvement at St Francis Xavier cathedral as an acolyte in 1983. Apart from his role as RCIA coordinator Max has served several periods on the Pastoral Council. He is currently chairperson of the Pastoral Council

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Claire Schwantes

Clare has a Masters of Theological Studies (Liturgy), Bachelors of Education and Arts (Psychology), diplomas in Editing and Publishing, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Queensland. She is the chief editor for Liturgy Brisbane and prepares their annual publications: Ordo, Daily Mass Book, Break Open the Word and We Pray As One. She manages the development and content of Liturgy Brisbane’s electronic liturgy preparation program, Liturgia, and continues to work towards the ongoing evolution of this resource. Clare is a member of the editorial board for the quarterly journal Liturgy News as well as a contributing author. She co-authored Liturgy Brisbane’s sacramental preparation resources for children, Our Family Prepares, and was a member of the editorial group for Crossroads, the recently released resource on Christian Initiation for Young People. Clare is a member of the Archdiocesan Catechumenate Committee, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Liturgy and a member of the National Liturgical Council.

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