Virtual Lent Series 2024

Once again we were delighted to present a series of Lent talks by four Australian biblical scholars from Yarra Theological Union, a College of the University of Divinity. Each week this group of accomplished guides will worked together to explore the readings for the week.

Speaking from their own area of expertise were:

Prof Mary Coloe PBVM
Dr Mary Reaburn NDS
Dr Chris  Monaghan CP
Dr Janina Hiebel

This was a perfect opportunity to enrich your Lenten journey. 

The presentations were recorded and are available to view below.

Certificates for accreditation will be sent to those who have requested accreditation in late April.


Prof Mary Coloe PBVM
Mary teaches 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 appointed by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity to participate in a 5 year Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ.

Dr Mary Reaburn NDS
Mary is a Sister of Our Lady of Sion; a group which gives expression to the Catholic Church's commitment to Jewish-Christian and Interfaith relationships. She studied at Monash University, London University and the University of Divinity and currently teaches at Yarra Theological Union (YTU). Mary is a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Council for Ecumenism and Religious Relations with Jews. She was involved for seven years in the Centre for Biblical Formation in Jerusalem (2007–2014). 

Dr Chris Monaghan CP
Chris 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.

Dr Janina Hiebel
Janina is author of A Friendly Guide to Women in the Old Testament, has been teaching Old Testament and languages at Yarra Theological Union (YTU) since 2015, and is an adjunct lecturer at Catholic Theological College (CTC). Janina completed her PhD at Murdoch University WA, holds a degree in theology (with specialisation in Old Testament studies) from the Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg in Germany (2005), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Theological Education from the University of Divinity (2019). Her doctoral thesis with the title Ezekiel’s Vision Accounts as Interrelated Narratives: A Redaction-Critical and Theological Study was published by De Gruyter in 2015. 


Week 1: 12 February 2024

Week 2: 19 February 2024

Week 3: 26 February 2024

Week 4: 4 March 2024

Week 5: 11 March 2024

Week 6: 18 March 2024

Holy Week Reflection
The Passion According to John's Gospel by Mary Coloe


Garratt Lenten Program Year B
Featuring a Holy Week Reflection from Joan Chittister
Plus various contributors


A Tea or Coffee Break for Every Day During Lent

Michael McGirr


Garratt Lenten Program Year B
Christopher J Monaghan CP



 Click here for more Lent resources. 


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