Professor Mary Coloe

Mary Coloe appointed Professor of the University

Congratulations to Professor Mary Coloe pbvm appointed a Professor of the University of Divinity by the University Council on 2 December 2020. Professor Coloe teaches in the field of New Testament studies at Yarra Theological Union. She is noted for her outstanding contribution to Learning and Teaching, Research, and Engagement in Church and Community.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sherlock said:

Professor Coloe has an exceptional record of commitment and service to the University and the vision and mission for which it stands. We, along with the many communities she serves, are privileged to benefit from her contributions as an educator, leader and mentor, particularly in the area of ecumenical dialogue.

About the appointment, Professor Coloe said:

I am delighted and grateful. The recognition by my peers and colleagues is truly an honour and I hope I can continue to contribute to the University in whatever way I can.  I am especially grateful for the support and encouragement of my colleagues at YTU who have journeyed with the me in the ups and downs.”

The citation for the appointment reads:

Professor Mary Coloe’s contribution to research over several decades has been described in terms of ‘the breadth, depth, variety and impressive quality of her research publications, as well as her pastoral and pedagogical contribution’. She has ‘engaged with the Word of God for the People of God, as well as a challenging body of ancient literature.’ Her soon to be published two-volume commentary on John’s Gospel represent the latest in many books receiving scholarly appreciation.

In addition to her classroom expertise, she has developed technological resources which are widely used for teaching biblical languages online.

She has combined a commitment to both the scholarly community and the educational life of local churches, evident in the production of scripture materials for schools and parishes. Professor Coloe has also participated in extensive Ecumenical dialogue, through the Pontifical Commission for the Promotion of Christian Unity and the inaugural conference for Jewish, Christian and Moslem Women.


  • Dear Sr. Mary Coloe,

    May I add a comment, congratulations on your appointment .. Professor of the University of Divinity and for all your achievements. At the moment watching on YouTube Ecce Homo.
    How very fortunate and thanks to this technology that we can watch learn from you in our lounge rooms.
    I also followed some of the First Session of the Plenary Council.

    Thanking you, Mary I am here in St. Michael’s Parish Traralgon, grew up in Tinamba/Maffra.
    Entered Sionian Sisters Congregation in the 60’s. etc etc.
    Continued Blessings in your work,
    thank you so so much for your articulate wisdom and Faith.
    My family was the van Otterdijk family. Grateful to parents for their Faith and to Maffra Parish.
    Johanna Sykes.

  • Sr. Mary Coloe,

    Grateful to be able to send my last comment to you.
    I may have sent it with incorrect email address.
    Apologies for this.
    Will try again.
    Johanna Sykes.

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