We seek to promote and resource the participation of all people in the mission of God, for the building up of a healthy church and for the transformation of the world.
About Yarra Theological Union
Yarra Theological Union (YTU) is a College of the University of Divinity, Australia’s only specialised university.
Yarra Theological Union is:
- a centre for theological education and ministerial formation for men and women and seminarians, especially religious and lay people;
- a College in the Catholic tradition, under the auspices of eight religious orders;
- open to all who would wish to enrol from any church background;
- a place of hospitality and welcome;
- committed to being a community of scholarship, prayer and pastoral care.
Yarra Theological Union was originally founded in 1971 by the Carmelites, the Franciscans, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the Passionists. Over the years other orders joined: the Redemptorists (Australian and New Zealand Provinces), Pallottines, Dominicans, Divine Word Missionaries, the Discalced Carmelites and the Blessed Sacrament Congregation. Graced by the generosity of the Franciscan Friars YTU is located at St. Paschal Friary.
On 18th January 1973, YTU was granted formal recognition as an institute of priestly formation by the then Archbishop of Melbourne, James Cardinal Knox. In September 1973, YTU, together with the Catholic Theological College in Clayton and the United Faculty of Theology in Parkville, was approved by the University of Divinity (then MCD) as a College with the right to teach for the degree of Bachelor of Theology. This was extended to approving the right to teach towards the postgraduate degrees of Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology in 1975.
Over recent years YTU, together with the other colleges of the University of Divinity (UD), has extended its teaching program to provide postgraduate units for candidates for the degrees of Master of Theological Studies, Graduate Diploma in Theology, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, and, from 2018 Master of Education and Theology.
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Yarra Theological Union is an inclusive and welcoming community, Catholic by tradition and ecumenical in spirit. We are committed to being a community of scholarship, prayer and pastoral care. We offer theological education and ministerial formation, open to those who seek educational and personal transformation in changing contexts. Our mission is to equip people for various ministries in the churches: parishes, schools, hospitals, church agencies and in the world at large.