The Catholic Institute


Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm


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Position:   Lecturer; Distance Education Coordinator

Location:  Wellington Site, Catholic Centre, Wellington

Qualifications: DMin (CTU, Chicago), MEd (Boston College), PGCertEd (Adult Ed)(Massey), BA (Massey), BEd (Massey), Dip Tchg.

Contact: 04 4961724 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research and Academic interests: Practical Theology; Scripture; Spirituality; Feminist Theology; Religious Education.


As a Sister of Mercy, adult educator and a practical theologian my main task is to be about the Church's mission of evangelisation. I enjoy helping people think and reflect theologically about who they are, where they live, what they do, and what gives meaning to their lives. My aim is that together we may become more informed, formed and ultimately transformed. Hopefully this process will lead to new ways of living, celebrating and proclaiming the gospel for our own time and our own place in order to further the Reign of God.


Recent publication:

Julian, E. (2016). Mercy: The beating heart of the Bible. MAST, 23(3), 8-15.

Julian, E. (2016). Catholic women and the pontificate of Francis: Signs of hope? In H. Bergin & S. Smith (Eds.), A Church in change: New Zealand Catholics take their bearings (pp. 303-317). Auckland: Accent Publications.

Julian, E. (2016). Dirt matters: A biblical exploration of soil and human alienation. In N. Darragh (Ed.), Living in the planet Earth: Faith communities and ecology (pp. 41-47). Auckland: Accent Publications.

Julian, E. (2014). From nowhere to somewhere: A combined response to shelter homeless women in Wellington. In N. Darragh (Ed.), But is it fair? Faith Communities and social justice (pp. 209-216). Auckland: Accent Publications.

Julian, E. (2014, October). The importance of relationships: Reflecting on teaching. Wel-com, p. 11.

Julian, E. (2014, June). Mission as guiding principle for merge. Wel-com, p. 6.

Julian, E. (2014). Our Lady of Mercy: Reclaiming the title today. MAST, 22(1), 24-47.

Julian, E. (2014, April). Pope Francis and the marian principle. Wel-com, p. 6.

Julian, E. (2014, June). To nun or not to nun: That is the question. Wel-com, p. 10. 

Julian, E. (2013, May). Cracks in the stained-glass ceiling. Wel-com, p. 7.

Julian, E. (2012). Watch this space: A beginner's guide to praying the place. In N. Darragh (Ed.), Journeying into prayer: People and their pathways (pp. 57-65). Auckland: Accent Publications.

Julian, E. (2011, April). Answers to questions I don't have: Praying the new Mass translation. Wel-com, p. 5.

Julian, E. (2010). Baptised into Christ: From Paul to women today. MAST, 19(2), 7-12.

Julian, E. (2010). Women's sexuality and sin: One woman's story. In N. Darragh (Ed.), A thinker's guide to sin: Talking about wrongdoing today (pp. 171-179). Auckland: Accent Publications.

Julian, E. (2010). Our Lady of Mercy: Reclaiming the title today.

Julian, E. (2007). Creating a song and dance:Kiwimagining-the prophetic role of women religious in the church in Aotearoa New Zealand today. MAST, 17(3), 11-21.

Julian, E. (2006). The Mary mergers. Stimulus, 14(4), 22-25.

Julian, E. (2006). Mary of Nazareth: A developing biblical portrait. Stimulus, 14(4), 26-28.

Julian, E. (2004). Landscape as spiritual classic: A reading from Paekakariki. In H. Bergin & S. Smith (Eds.), Land and place: He whenua, he wahi: Spiritualities from Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 97-114). Auckland: Accent