P. Stephen Hackett, MSC – Provincial Australia

Stephen Hackett, MSC

Province: Australia
Country: Australia
Date of Birth: January 20, 1954
First Vows: January 10, 1976
Ordination: May 24, 1980
Speaks: English
Understands: English

Stephen was educated in several primary schools, including Our Lady of the Rosary, Watson, at Braddon and Doncaster East, Secondary at Whitefriars, Monivae College, Hamilton. He entered MSC initial formation at Croydon (Melbourne) in 1978. He completed his B. Theol. studies at the Yarra Theological Union.

His ministries have included Education, St John’s Darwin and Monivae, Chaplain at the University of New South Wales, Superior of the Monivae Community, early parish appointment to Park Orchards-Warrandyte, parish priest appointments in Casuarina, NT, Camp Hill, Queensland and Moonah-Lutana, Tasmania. He also served as Vicar General and Chancellor the Diocese of Darwin. Since 2016 he has served as Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

His further studies: an M.Litt. (University of New England) on the theology of John S. Dunne and PhD (University of New South Wales), “The Architecture of Liturgy. Liturgical Ordering in Church Design. The Australian Experience in Perspective”. He currently chairs the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Council, is a member of the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research, and is a member of the ecumenical Australian Academy of Liturgy.

Stephen was elected Provincial Superior of the Australian Province in April 2023.

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