Gerald O'Collins

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Gerald Glynn O'Collins SJ
Melbourne, Australia
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolChristian philosophy, ecumenism
Main interests
Theology, Christology

Gerald Glynn O'Collins AC SJ is an Australian Jesuit priest, author, academic and educator.[1] He is currently a research professor and writer-in-residence at the Jesuit Theological College (JTC) in Parkville, Victoria, and a research professor in theology at St Mary's University College in Twickenham.[2] For more than three decades, he was professor of systematic and fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome).[3]

In 2006, O'Collins was made a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), in recognition of his outstanding commitment to theological scholarship and ecumenical initiatives.[4]

Life and career[edit]

O'Collins was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1931. His maternal grandfather Paddy Glynn was a federal government minister, while his sister Maev O'Collins became a professor at the University of Papua New Guinea. O'Collins studied at the University of Melbourne, where he took both a first-class honours baccalaureate degree and a master's degree. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1963 and went on to earn a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) at Heythrop College, Oxfordshire, in 1967. The next year he was made a Doctor of Theology by Cambridge University, where he held a research fellowship at Pembroke College. He taught at the Weston School of Theology (Boston Theological Institute) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the JTC in Melbourne for five years before accepting a professorship at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1973. He taught there until 2006. Additionally, he served as dean of the theological faculty for six years. After retiring from the Gregorian he was named research professor at St. Mary's University College.[5]

O'Collins's has received several honorary doctorates:[6] from the University of San Francisco (1991), University of Surrey (2003), Sacred Heart University (Bridgeport, Conn.) (2004); John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio) (2007); and a DD from Melbourne College of Divinity (2007); Honorary adjunct professor of Australian Catholic University (2007–2010).[7]

O'Collins organised and co-chaired international ecumenical symposia on the Resurrection (1996), the Trinity (1998), the Incarnation (2000), the Redemption (2003), and the legacy of Pope John Paul II (2008), also co-editing their proceedings.[8] He returned to Australia in 2009.

O'Collins has been an honorary visitor and a visiting scholar at Pembroke College, and he currently serves as an honorary adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University. He has delivered the Fisher Lecture and the Margaret Beaufort Lecture at Cambridge and the Cardinal Hume Lectures at Heythrop College. Amongst other honours, he is the recipient of the Malipiero Prize, the Stefano Borgia European Prize, and the Johannes Quasten Medal given by Catholic University of America.[9]

Selected works[edit]

  • O'Collins, Gerald; Farrugia, Mario (2015). Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198728184.
  • Light from Light: Scientists and Theologians in Dialogue (ed. with Mary Ann Meyers) Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011. ISBN 978-0802866677
  • Rethinking Fundamental Theology OUP, 2011. ISBN 978-0199605569
  • Jesus Our Priest: A Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ (with Michael Keenan Jones) OUP, 2010. ISBN 978-0199576456
  • Catholicism. A Very Short Introduction OUP, 2008. ISBN 978-0199545919
  • The Legacy of John Paul II (ed. with Michael Hayes) Continuum, 2008. ISBN 978-0860124405
  • Jesus: A Portrait Darton, Longman & Todd, 2008. ISBN 978-1570757839
  • Salvation for All. God's Other Peoples OUP, 2008. ISBN 978-0199238897
  • Pope John Paul II. A Reader (with D Kendall and J LaBelle) Paulist Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0809144792
  • Christ Our Redeemer. A Christian Approach to Salvation OUP, 2007. ISBN 978-0199203130
  • The Lord's Prayer Darton, Longman & Todd, 2006. ISBN 978-0809144884 (Paulist Press ed.)
  • Living Vatican II. The 21st Council for the 21st Century, Paulist Press, 2006 (awarded best theology book of 2006 by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and of Canada). ISBN 978-0809142903
  • Following the Way: Jesus Our Spiritual Director Paulist Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0809139842
  • Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus OUP, 1995 – rev. 2nd ed. 2009. ISBN 978-0199557875
  • Jesus Risen: An Historical, Fundamental, and Systematic Examination of Christ's Resurrection Paulist Press, 1987. ISBN 0809103931

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cf. academic record and bio-bibliographical details on Academic Staff Archive[permanent dead link] of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's official website.
  2. ^ Biographical sources extracted from the Australian Government Gazette of 26 January 2006, pp.1–2.
  3. ^ Cf. ACU biography at Australian Catholic University, Faculty[permanent dead link]; HAI Symposium Archived 20 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine; GoodReads Biography.
  4. ^ Australian Government: Australian Honours 2006.
  5. ^ Cf. information on "Rev. Professor Gerald O'Collins SJ AC"[permanent dead link], Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.
  6. ^ As also listed by WIPF & STOCK Archived 13 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 25 October 2012
  7. ^ Cf. O'Collins' CV on St. Mary's University College (Twickenham) website[permanent dead link].
  8. ^ Cf. biographical details on Humble Approach Initiative Archived 20 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine, August 2011 Symposium.
  9. ^ See Australian Government websites, as listed on "ABC Broadcasting Personalities" Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 25 October 2012

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