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StThomasMoreForum 26April2017 250The Australian Church in 2030:
What the Research Predicts

Wednesday 26 April 2017 | 7.30PM - 9pm

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Keynote Speaker:
Dr Robert (Bob) Dixon
Foundation Director of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Catholics make up about one-quarter of the Australian population and account for more than 40 per cent of Australia’s regular church attenders. Catholic schools educate more than one-fifth of all Australia’s primary and secondary school age students, and Catholic organisations, in aggregate, employ more people than any other non-government organisation. But while this seems to be a position of considerable strength, the extensive research program carried out by the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference over the last 20 years reveals trends that mean that by 2030 the Catholic community will look very different from the way it looks now. What does the research tell us, and what might we expect to see in 2030?

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Dr Robert (Bob) Dixon is the recently retired Foundation Director of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, an office founded in 1996. He has a PhD in sociology from Monash University as well as degrees in science, theology and education. He is the author of The Catholic community in Australia (2005) and is the author or co-author of numerous other books, book chapters, journal articles and reports about the demography of the Australian Catholic population and about aspects of Catholic belief and practice. In March, he addressed a conference at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome on how research can contribute to effective Church management.

Bob taught physics, mathematics and religious education in Melbourne and Samoa before becoming a social researcher in the early 1990s.

Bob has honorary appointments at Australian Catholic University and the University of Divinity and is a member of the Boards of the Christian Research Association and, until recently, of NCLS Research. He is married with two adult children. He and his wife Cathy live in St Anthony’s Catholic Parish, Noble Park, in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.


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