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Vol 36 No 4


John Henry Thornber CFC

Eugene Stockton

Tony Kelly CSsR

Kerrie Hide

Tom Elich

Andrew Murray SM

Michael Trainor

Kevin Mark


New religious books by Australasian authors


101 Staff Prayers and Reflections; Rachelle Tullio; St Pauls Publications; Spiral Bound $19.95 [1876295430]; 109pp; 295x210mm; 2001
Presents 101 prayers and reflections for use by Catholic school staff, school boards or prayer groups, at the start of meetings or gatherings. They can also be adapted for use in student prayer times in the classroom. Themes include relationships, yard duty, staff meetings, lesson plans and school holidays. Includes illustrations. Author has been teaching since 1980 and is a religious education coordinator and is completing a doctorate.

101 Staff Prayers and Reflections Volume 2; Rachelle Tullio; St Pauls Publications; Spiral Bound $19.95 [1876295503]; 109pp; 295x210mm; 2002
Presents a further collection of prayers and reflections. Themes include parent-teacher interviews, challenges of teaching, conflict, God language, negotiation, and time.
Australian Gothic: The gothic revival in Australian architecture from the 1840s to the 1950s; Brian Andrews; Melbourne University Press (Miegunyah Press); HB $89.95 [0732271479]; 215pp; 305x220mm; 2001
Highly illustrated account of the impact of the Gothic Revival in Australia, particularly with regard to architecture, but also other fields such as furnishings, liturgical objects, and other arts and crafts. In addition to examining churches that reflect the Gothic heritage (from cathedrals such as St Patrick’s Melbourne to small country churches), the book examines its influence on other buildings including banks, schools, houses and even funeral parlours. Illustrated with 170 full-colour and black-and-white photographs. Includes listing of Gothic Revival designs for Australian clients by English architects; glossary; endnotes; bibliography; index. Author is an architectural historian. His exhibition credits include Creating a Gothic Paradise: A. W. N. Pugin at the Antipodes and at time of publication was preparing a Gothic Revival exhibition for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

The Devil’s Playground; Christos Tsiolkas; Currency Press/ScreenSound Australia; PB $14.95 [0868196711]; 94pp; 190x135mm; 2002
Volume in the new ‘Australian Screen Classics’ series, edited by Jane Mills, in which distinguished writers and thinkers consider significant Australian films. This volume discusses director Fred Schepisi’s groundbreaking film, The Devil’s Playground (1976). Author relates his own viewing experience and feelings towards the film, a semi-autobiographical account of the restrictions of a Catholic seminary for young men. Film stills; notes; bibliography; filmography; film credits. Tsiolkas is an acclaimed Australian author whose works include the novels Loaded (1995, and made into the film Head On, 1998) and The Jesus Man (1999) and plays Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? and Fever.

Directions: A vision for Australia; Sir William Deane; St Pauls Publications; PB $19.95 [1876295473]; 136pp; 215x140mm; 2002
Collection of extracts from 70 speeches made by Sir William Deane while Governor General of Australia (1996-2001). Themes covered include national identity, reconciling diverse peoples, promoting multiculturalism, seeking solidarity with the marginalised, nurturing our youth, and being hopeful despite tragedy. Foreword by Sir Gerard Brennan, Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. Sources are indicated for each extract; biographical note. Deane was born in Melbourne in 1931, educated in Sydney and studied law, being called to the bar in 1957. In 1982 he was appointed as Justice of the High Court of Australia. A Catholic layman, he has been a long-time advocate for the poor and underprivileged and for nurturing the nation’s identity.

George Pell; Tess Livingstone; Duffy & Snellgrove; PB $22.00 [187663152X]; 496pp; 200x130mm; 2002
First book-length biography of George Pell, currently the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney and previously of the Melbourne Archdiocese. Presents his life as representative of the contemporary struggle between traditionalists and radicals within the Catholic Church, with Pell as an exemplar of loyalty to the papacy and Vatican. Based on the author’s interviews with over 50 people, including interviewees in Rome and Oxford and some of the archbishop’s critics. A concluding chapter examines recent claims of sexual abuse made against Pell and the church enquiry that cleared him in late-2002. Foreword by George Weigel, author of the John Paul II biography Witness to Hope and Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington. Photos; notes; index. Author is editor of the opinion page of the Brisbane Courier-Mail newspaper and has worked as a political reporter in Brisbane and Canberra.

The Killing of Sister McCormack: The horrific true story of the execution of Sister Irene McCormack; Anne Henderson; HarperCollins Publishers; PB $22.95 [0732268532]; 320pp; 210x135mm; 2002
Biography of Irene McCormack (1938-91), a member of the Josephites, the Australian religious order founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop. Focuses particularly on Sister McCormack’s execution by Shining Path guerrilla terrorists in the Peruvian Andes, where she was living and working as a missionary and teacher. Photos; maps. Author co-founded The Sydney Institute with her husband Gerard Henderson and is its Deputy Director and editor of The Sydney Papers. Her other books include Mary MacKillop’s Sisters (1997) and Getting Even: Women MPs on Life, Power and Politics (1999).

Leadership in Catholic Education: Hope for the future; Deirdre J. Duncan & Dan Riley (editors); HarperCollins Publishers; PB $34.95 [1740500105]; 215pp; 235x155mm; 2002
Collection of 13 essays exploring key issues faced by Catholic schools in contemporary Australian society. A particular focus is leadership in Catholic schools, with issues examined including the role of lay women, formation, and engagement with society. Other topics include the spiritual dimension of Catholic schools, government funding, and student rights. Each chapter begins with notes on the contributor(s) and a synopsis. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Anne Benjamin, Kelvin Canavan, Patrick A. Duignan, David Hutton, Therese D’Orsa, Tony Kelly, Alexander Kohn, Patrick J. Lynch, Joe McCorley, Therese Power RSM, Paul Sharkey and Paul Stevens. Foreword by Peter Sheehan, Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University (ACU). Diagrams; references; index. Duncan is Head of the School of Educational Leadership, ACU Strathfield. Riley is a senior lecturer at the University of New England, Armidale.

Mission Girls: Aboriginal women on Catholic missions in the Kimberly, Western Australia, 1900-1950; Christine Choo; University of Western Australia Press; PB $38.95 [1876268557]; 376pp; 210x140mm; 2001
Account of the experiences of Aboriginal women who lived on the Catholic missions of Beagle Bay and Kalumburu, in the north-west of Australia, from 1900 to 1950. Incorporating oral and archival sources, it explores the effects on the women of European colonisation and the various roles gender, politics and class played in the process of colonisation. Photos; appendices; bibliography; index. Author is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and has worked as a social worker, social researcher and historian for and with the Aboriginal community since the early 1970s.

Recognizing Spirituality: The interface between faith and social work; Rae Lindsay; University of Western Australia Press; PB $38.95 [1876268751]; 182pp; 205x140mm; 2002
Text arguing that the spiritual and religious dimensions should be considered in the relationship between the professional and client in social work. Includes opinions of social work educators and practitioners, presents statistics about Australian religious beliefs, and discusses stages of faith development. Foreword by Veronica Brady. Footnotes; references; index. Author has taught social work at the University of Western Australia for over 22 years and is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy. She has also worked as a social worker in the areas of child health and psychiatry. Previous book is Crisis Theory: A Critical Overview (1973).

Religion in Australia: A history; Roger C. Thompson; Oxford University Press; PB $34.95 [0195515412]; 200pp; 215x135mm; 2002
Second edition of a text for students and general readers on religion in Australia, first published 1994. Provides an account of how various religious beliefs and institutions have influenced Australia’s history politically and culturally. Argues that religion has been a conservative influence on Australia society, that is, supporting the socio-economic and political status quo. This edition includes additional material including a largely new chapter on the period 1990-2000. Notes; bibliography; index. Author is a visiting fellow in the Department of History, University College, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales.

Sainthood in Australia: Mary MacKillop and the print media; Sheila McCreanor; Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, PO Box 1508, North Sydney NSW 2059; PB $24.95 [0957997604]; 312pp; 215x150mm; 2001
Detailed sociological study of the cultural presentation by the print media of Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and the first Australian to be beatified. The study focuses particularly on the periods 1909 to 1914, from 1985 to 1995 (including the influence of Max Harris), the 1995 beatification, and the post-beatification period to 2000. Includes consideration of political cartoons. Based on the author’s doctoral thesis submitted to the University of South Australia. Reproductions of cartoons; footnotes; references; appendixes. Author is a member of the Sisters of St Joseph, has worked as both a teacher and principal in primary and secondary schools, and in aged care.

Kevin Mark is editor of Guide to New Australian Books and a former religious publisher for HarperCollins Publishers.