Sister Margaret Beirne is a Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College. After thirty years of teaching and administration in secondary education, Margaret went to École Biblique in Jerusalem to begin research for a doctoral thesis on the Gospel according to St John. On her return to Sydney, she began lecturing at the Centre for Christian Spirituality, Randwick, while continuing to work on her doctoral thesis. In 2000, she graduated with a DTheol from Melbourne College of Divinity, and since then has published not only her thesis as a book, but also several peer reviewed journals within Australia. In 2009, she joined the faculty of St Andrew’s where she teaches most of the Biblical Studies units. Margaret is the current President of the Australian Catholic Biblical Association and was recently elected to the General Council of her religious congregation, the Sisters of Charity.
Academic Classification: Senior Lecturer, DTheol (MCD, 2000), MEd (UNSW, 1986), BD (MCD, 1984), MA (BC, 1978), BA (UNE, 1973), MACE
Employment Status: Part Time
Subject Area: Biblical Studies
Current Research: New Testament Studies and Ignatian Spirituality
Women and Men in the Fourth Gospel: A Genuine Discipleship of Equals. JSNT Supp series 242; London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003.
Chapters in Books
'Scripture in the Works of St Gregory the Theologian,' in Cappadocian Legacy. Doru Costache & Philip Kariatlis (eds.), Sydney: St Andrew’s Orthodox Press, 2013, 275-288.
'Spiritual Enrichment Through Exegesis: St Gregory of Nyssa and the Scriptures,' in Cappadocian Legacy. Doru Costache & Philip Kariatlis (eds.), Sydney: St Andrew’s Orthodox Press, 2013, 395-409.
“‘Old Habits Die Hard’: The Experience of Australian Women Religious in Australia in the Wake of Vatican II” in Vatican II. Reception and implementation in the Australian Church, Neil Ormerod et al (eds.) Mulgrave, Vic: Garratt Publishing, 2012.
Two chapters, “The Birth of Jesus” and “The Death and Resurrection” in Biblica: The Bible Atlas. Sydney: Global Book Publishers, September, 2006.
Articles in Refereed Journals
'Spiritual Enrichment Through Exegesis: St Gregory of Nyssa and the Scriptures,' Phronema 27:2 (2012): 83-98.
‘Scripture in the Works of St Gregory the Theologian,’ Phronema 26:2 (2011): 47-62.
Book Reviews in Refereed Journals
Coloe, Mary L. God dwells with us: Temple symbolism in the Fourth Gospel. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2001. ACR 3/79 (2002): 380-381.
Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God. A Reading of Luke’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Paul’s, 2000. ACR 3/78 (2001): 382.
Pfitzner, Victor C. Jesus in God’s Gospel. Sydney: St Paul’s Publications, 1999. ACR 3/76 (2001): 374.
Joseph Kudasiewicz, The Synoptic Gospels Today. trans. S. Wroblewski. New York: Society of St Paul, 1996. ACR 1/75 (1998): 125.
Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, Mary MacKillop, North Sydney NSW, 2-5 July 2015.
CRA Conference, Brisbane, 22-25 June 2015
Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, St Mary’s College Parkville Vic; 3-6 July 2014. Elected President, Australian Catholic Biblical Association.
SCD Learning and Teaching Conference, Sydney; 27-28 September 2013.
Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, North Sydney; 5-7 July 2013.
St Athanasius the Great, St Andrew’s Patristic Symposium. SAGOTC Redfern, NSW; 28-29 September, 2012.
Fruits and Future of Vatican II, Joint Conference of ACU, YTU, CTC, JTC, Melbourne, VIC; 19-21 September 2012.
St Gregory of Nyssa, St Andrew’s Patristic Symposium. SAGOTC Redfern, NSW; 31 August – 28 September, 2011.
Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, Sydney/Melbourne; 1996-2011
St Gregory the Theologian or The Theology of Poetry, St Andrew’s Patristic Symposium, SAGOTC Redfern, NSW; 1 September – 6 October, 2010.
"Pastoral concerns around marriage and divorce: Gregory of Nazianzus and Matthew 19:1-12." ACBA Conference, North Sydney, 4 July 2015.
“Ecclesial Life into the future: some Biblical perspectives from Lumen Gentium, fifty years on”, Joint Session, Australian Catholic Biblical Association / Australian Catholic Theological Association Conference, Parkville Vic, 5 July 2014.
"St Athanasius and the Scriptures, Exemplified in his Letter to Marcellinus," Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, North Sydney; 5 July 2013.
"St Athanasius and the Scriptures, Exemplified in his Letter to Marcellinus," St Andrew’s Patristic Symposium 2012 (SAGOTC, Redfern NSW: 28 September, 2012).
"The experience of Women Religious in the Australian Church since Vatican II," Fruits and Future of Vatican II Joint Conference of ACU, YTU, CTC, JTC (Melbourne, VIC; 21 September 2012).
"Spiritual Enrichment Through Exegesis: St Gregory of Nyssa and the Scriptures," St Andrew’s Patristic Symposium 2011 (SAGOTC, Redfern NSW: 7 September, 2011).
"Scripture in the works of St Gregory of Nazianzus," St Andrew’s Patristic Symposium 2010 (SAGOTC, Redfern NSW: 15 September, 2010).
Participation in Academic Program Reviews
SCD Discipline Coordinator, Biblical Studies
Role in the Organisation of Conferences, Lecture Series and Speakers
Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, President; 2015 conference, prepared and led morning prayers and co-chaired joint session with Australian Catholic Theological Association.
Australian Catholic Biblical Association Conference, Vice-President; acting secretary, 2013 conference.
Organisation and facilitation of:
SCD Introduction to Research Workshop, 5 March 2010
SCD Research Seminars, 8 April, 11 May, 5 October 2011
"Year of Consecrated Life" Symposium, invited speaker and panel member, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, 15 April 2015.
‘Discernment in the Ignatian tradition’, Kairos program: Epping, 19 May and Ashfield 14 July 2010
ABC TV, Channel 24, 27 April 2014, 5.30-8.30pm. Canonisation of St John XXIII and St John Paul II, St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Member of commentary panel on the live telecast of the canonisation ceremony and Eucharist celebrated by Pope Francis.
ABC National radio, 14 June 2009, 11pm. Evenings with John Cleary. Interview: The Trinity, First broadcast, 14 June 2009; repeat broadcast, 26 May 2013.
ABC National radio, 29 September 2012, 10-11pm. Evenings with John Cleary. Panel interview: The Church since the Second Vatican Council.
ABC National radio, 9 August 2009, 11pm. Evenings with John Cleary. Interview: Ignatian Spirituality.
ABC national radio, 20 July 2008, 10-11pm. Evenings with John Cleary, panel member, World Youth Day Sydney.
ABC TV Compass program, 8 July 2001, panel member. Interview with Bishop John Spong.
ABC Lateline, September 1991. Panel interview with Kerry O’Brien, as a religious advisor to ABC television series, Brides of Christ.