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Rev. A/Prof. Ormond Rush Name: Rev. A/Prof. Ormond Rush
Associate Professor/Reader, Theology
+617 3623 7568
+617 3623 7262
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
National School of Theology
Building 213 - St. Paul's Theological College (1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 1-Room 213.1.02
Biographical Information

STD (Gregorian), MEd (USQ)

Ormond Rush is a priest of the Townsville diocese. He has a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland. After ordination in 1975 he served in parishes in the Townsville Diocese from 1975 to 1987. He taught theology at the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary at Banyo from 1991 to 2000. From 1998 to 2001, he was Dean of the ecumenical consortium, the Brisbane College of Theology, and President of St Paul's Theological College, Banyo, from 2001 to 2006. He was President of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology in 2001 and 2006, and President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association from 2007-2010. He currently lectures at St Paul's Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Banyo Campus.


Recent Publications

  • “Ecclesial Conversion after Vatican II: Renewing ‘the Face of the Church’ to Reflect ‘the Genuine Face of God’.” Theological Studies 74, no. 4 (2013): 785–803.
  • “The Theological Interpretation of Bible, Church, and World: A Theology of Inspiration.” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 45 (2013): 3–16.
  • “St Mary MacKillop as a Fifth Gospel: Towards Understanding an Australian Saint through the Lens of Edward Schillebeeckx.” In To the Ends of the Earth: Dialoguing with Edward Schillebeeckx from the Perspectives of Oceania, ed. Helen Bergin (forthcoming 2013).
  • “Unresolved Tensions within Gaudium et Spes: An Agenda for a Contemporary Christian Anthropology.” In Being Human: Groundwork for a Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century (Melbourne/Eugene, Oregon: Mosaic/Wipf and Stock, 2013), 35–46.
  • “The Australian Bishops of Vatican II: Participation and Reception,” in The Reception and Implementation of Vatican II in the Australian Church. Ed. Neil Ormerod, Ormond Rush, et al. (Melbourne: John Garrett, 2012), 4–19.

Selected Publications

  • The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church’s Reception of Revelation. Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009.
  • Still Interpreting Vatican II: Some Hermeneutical Principles. New York: Paulist Press, 2004.
  • The Reception of Doctrine: An Appropriation of Hans Robert Jauss’ Reception Aesthetics and Literary Hermeneutics. Rome: Gregorian University Press, 1997.
  • “Towards a Comprehensive Interpretation of the Council and Its Documents.” Theological Studies 73 (September 2012): 547–69.
  • “The Prophetic Office in the Church: Pneumatological Perspectives on the Sensus Fidelium-Theology-Magisterium Relationship.” In When the Magisterium Intervenes, ed. by Richard Gaillardetz (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012), 89-112.

Systematic Theology


Systematic Theology

Professional Memberships
  • Australian Catholic Theological Association
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Deputy Editor, Australian eJournal of Theology
  • Editorial Board Member, Australasian Catholic Record

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