2021 Advent Series Videos

Over four weeks, four Australian biblical scholars from Yarra Theological Union, a College of the University of Divinity will reflect on the extraordinary richness and beauty of the Advent readings.

Speaking to us from their own area of expertise will be: 


Dr Mark O'Brien OP, is a Dominican Friar (Order of Preachers) who lectures in biblical studies both at YTU and CTC in the University of Divinity. He has also lectured at the National Catholic Institute of Theology in Karachi, Pakistan and at Blackfriars College, University of Oxford and worked at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Dr Mary Reaburn NDSteaches Wisdom Literature and Psalms. She is a Sister of Our Lady of Sion and has a deep respect for the literature we call the Old Testament or First Testament and for Jewish and Christian interpretation of these texts. She has also taught at Holy Trinity Theological College in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mary is member of the Council of the Australian Bishops’ Conference for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue and on the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Melbourne Archdiocese. She is particularly involved in Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Catholic relations.

Dr Chris Monaghan CP, is a Passionist who studied at YTU and then at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem. Since 1987 he has been lecturing at YTU in both Old and New Testament. The major focus of his teaching throughout these years has been Matthew, Luke-Acts and the letters of Paul.

Prof Mary Coloe, pbvmteaches in the field of New Testament studies, with a particular focus on the Gospel of John. She has been teaching at the Australian Catholic University, and has also taught at Boston College, the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, and at the Ecce Homo Biblical Institute Jerusalem. She is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and other national and international biblical associations. She was recently appointed by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity to participate in a 5 year Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ.

Each week this group of accomplished guides will work together to shed light on each of the readings for the coming week. This is a perfect opportunity to grow in your understanding as disciples should not to be missed.

Week 1: Tuesday, November 23:

 Click here to view Mary Coloe's Video presentation.

Click here to download Mary Reaburn's Powerpoint presentation.

Click here to download Chris Monaghan's Powerpoint presentation.


Week 2: Tuesday, November 30:

Week 3: Tuesday, December 7:

 Click here to view Mary Coloe's Video presentation.

Week 4: Tuesday, December 14:

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