Former Adelaide Archbishop pays tribute to the Salesians

The previous Archbishop of Adelaide, Most Reverend Leonard Faulkner DD, has written some kind words about the Salesians of Don Bosco. The words are contained in the book, A Listening Ministry: Becoming a Bishop in Our World: Memories of Archbishop Leonard Faulkner. This work is a series of reminiscences, and is edited by Michael Trainor, a priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Emeritus Archbishop Faulkner was recalling the formation of the Adelaide College of Divinity (ACD) at Brooklyn Park:

I worked very hard to contribute to the setting up of the ACD. It involved the closure of the Salesian College at Brooklyn Park and many meetings with members of the Salesian Order. They were very generous in their cooperation to ensure the establishment of the ACD and that the Diocese could finance the purchase of the land and the establishment of the facility. I cannot remember any other negotiations that I was involved with that were done with such a wonderful spirit between the Salesians and the Archdiocese.

Salesian College Brooklyn Park finished as a Catholic co-educational secondary school at the end of 1996.

According to Report of an Audit of Adelaide College of Divinity (June 2012) by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, ACD commenced as “an ecumenical theological consortium, with a membership of four theological denominations, over thirty years ago. Since this time, the College has moved to a three-college consortium and is now in the process of transitioning to a College with one member, the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, and one owner, the Uniting Church. The Principal of the Uniting College is also the Principal of ACD and Chair of ACD’s governing General Board.” The other two colleges were the Anglican St Barnabas’ College, and the Catholic Theological College of South Australia.

Emeritus Archbishop Faulkner celebrated his 90th birthday on 5 December. The book A Listening Ministry was launched earlier this year and is published by Morning Star Publishing.


By Fr Joseph Lee SDB

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