Dr Rosemarie Joyce CSB

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Dr Rosemarie Joyce is a Brigidine Sister whose early years in ministry were spent teaching in primary and secondary schools across Victoria. This included being the Principal of four different secondary schools.

A canon lawyer, Rosemarie lectures in canon law at Yarra Theological Union and is an adviser on canonical issues. The thesis for her PhD was titled ‘The Understanding and Practice of the Vow of Obedience by a Selected Group of Women Religious: An Australian Study’. It is the first comprehensive Australian study of how women religious view and live this vow today. Rosemarie has been the Provincial Leader of her congregation and is also a past President of Catholic Religious Australia, the peak body representing the congregations of women and men religious in Australia.

Rosemarie is a Judge on the marriage tribunal for Victoria and Tasmania, and the appeal tribunal for Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand. Rosemarie has a particular interest in the governance of Church organisations and previously convened a very successful weekend workshop on the ‘Principles and Practice for Church Governance’, which drew participants from most Australian states. She was a member of the planning group which organised the ‘Voices of Hope and Challenge’ conference, where she also presented a paper.