Rev Assoc. Prof Orm Rush - School of Theology (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


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.

Upon his ordination as a Catholic priest in 1975 he served in parishes in the Townsville Diocese from 1975 to 1987. Following his successive appointments to the positions of Lecturer in Theology and Vice-Rector of the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary at Banyo during the period 1991 to 2000, he was appointed Dean of the ecumenical consortium, the Brisbane College of Theology, from 1998 to 2001 and President of St Paul's Theological College, Banyo, from 2001 to 2006. He was elected President of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology in 2001 and 2006, and was elected President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association from 2007-2010. He currently lectures in theology at St Paul's Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Banyo Campus.


Phone :(07) 3623 7568 (Brisbane)
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Research Interests

Signs of the Times ; Magisterium ; Biblical Inspiration ; Historical Jesus Research ; Church-World Relationship ; Theology of History ; Secularisation ; Development of Doctrine ; Theology of Imagination ; Trinity ; Christology ; Ecclesiology ; Faith ; Hermeneutics ; Theological Method ; Foundational Theology ; Vatican II ; Theology of Reception ; Sensus Fidelium ; The Sense of the Faithful ; Pneumatology ; Holy Spirit ; Revelation ; Tradition ; Theology of Scripture ;

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Research Projects

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Selected Publications


"Towards a Comprehensive Interpretation of the Council and Its Documents," Theological Studies 73 (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.

"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.


Parish on Mission: A Reflection on a Renewed Sense of Parish Leadership and Ministry in the Present Realities of the Church in Australia, in Australian Ejournal of Theology


The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church's Reception of Revelation


The Spirit of Lay Ministry, in The Australasian Catholic Record


Dei Verbum Forty Years On: Revelation, Inspiration and the Spirit, in Australasian Catholic Record (print version)


Formation in the Sacramental Imagination, in Australian Ejournal of Theology

Still Interpreting Vatican II: Some Hermeneutical Principles


The Offices of Christ, Lumen Gentium and the Peoples Sense of the Faith, in Pacifica: Australasian theological studies (print version)