“In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.” – GK Chesterton
Theology @ The Pub is a monthly event for 18 - 35 year olds. It's a chance to listen to terrific guest speakers talking about faith, relationships, prayer, ethics, politics, sexuality and much more...
The talks are engaging and relevant and are followed by Q+A with the speaker and plenty of discussion with friends. Have a meal, a drink and meet new people from all over Melbourne.
Priests and Religious of all ages welcome.
MONDAY DECEMBER 2ND
The Great Debate - Do Cats Go To Heaven?
Get ready fur the debate of the year as two teams get ready to tackle one of the great theological questions of our time: "Do Cats Go to Heaven?"
The claws will be out as Fr Daryl Montecillo leads the affirmative team against Fr Nicholas Pearce, leading his team on the negative.
With a wealth of literature ranging from St Thomas Aquinas to children's film 'All Dogs Go to Heaven", to the opinions of the local Brunswick vegan - we're all sure to be in for a night of fun debate and appawling puns, while questioning the purpose and existence of a non-rational soul.
We can't wait to see you at our last T@P for the year. We will be back in February!
MONDAY NOVEMBER 4TH
Nathan Costin - The New Evangelisation
Nathan works full-time in Campus Ministry at Australian Catholic University. He is a co-founder of the Frassati Fraternity in Brisbane and holds a Bachelor of Theology (ACU) and Masters of Theology (JPII). He is married to his wonderful wife Jennifer and has two children. He is passionate about teaching and sharing the Catholic faith particularly in the areas of Marriage and Family, Theology of the Body, and Evangelization.
Nathan will be speaking on The New Evangelization. 2000 years since the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we find ourselves in a whole new world. The call to evangelize is perennial and the Gospel message timeless, however, the Church is seeking new methods and new blood to present it’s salvific message to the modern world. This talk will equip you for the New Evangelization and explore how we as Christians share our message with today’s culture.
CHRISTOPHER CHECK MONDAY OCT 14TH
Lepanto: The Battle that Saved the Christian West
October is the month of the rosary, but most Catholics don’t know why. Learn how, on October 7, 1571, the Blessed Virgin Mary joined the most important sea battle of all time and saved the Christian West from Islamic conquest.
Christopher Check is president of Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apologetics and evangelization organization in the English-speaking world.
He holds a degree in English Literature from Rice University and served for two decades as vice president of The Rockford Institute and before that for seven years as a field artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps in deployments and expeditions in the Far East and the Persian Gulf. His writings have appeared in Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, Catholic Answers Magazine, Touchstone, The Wanderer, Angelus, New Oxford Review, Culture Wars, and the Chicago Tribune.
He has addressed audiences at home and abroad including at the University of London, the Pontifical Augustinian University in Rome, the Serbian Writers Union in Belgrade, the National Press Club, Catholic Answers, the American Chesterton Society, Legatus, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, Saint Michael's Abbey, Silverado, California, Saint Gregory's Academy, The Institute for Catholic Culture, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Ave Maria University, Argument of the Month Club, and, most respectable of all, the Irish Rose Saloon in Rockford, Illinois.
He is also the creator of The Lepanto Lectures, a series of audio lectures on topics in Salvation History from ancient times to the present day.
We are thrilled for Christopher to join us at T@P for this special event, kindly supported by Parousia Media.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND
Fr Justin Ford
Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past
In the Creed we profess our faith that the Church is holy. Yet across 2000 years of history we’re challenged by many actions of Catholics that were not holy: wars, persecutions, violations of human rights. In 2000 the International Theological Commission published Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past, which explored this contrast. At our September t@p, Fr Justin Ford will take up those reflections and will show, with historical examples, how the essential holiness of the Church is untainted by the sins of her members.
Fr Justin Ford grew up in Bentleigh attending St Paul’s Primary School and St Kevin’s College. He worked as a structural engineer after studying at Melbourne University, later also gaining degrees in philosophy from the same institution. He entered the seminary in 2001 and was ordained priest in 2006. Fr Justin is now parish priest of St Mary’s Ascot Vale and Spiritual Director of the Melbourne Senatus of the Legion of Mary.
FR MICHAEL GALLACHER
Monday August 5th - The Sacrament of Confession
We are thrilled to be joined by Melbourne born and raised, Fr Michael Gallacher. Fr Michael grew up in the parish of St Philip’s, Blackburn North, where he went to primary school. He completed secondary school at Whitefriars College, Donvale. After completing his studies at university and serving some time with NET ministries, Fr Michael entered the seminary and in 2009 was asked by Archbishop Hart to complete his seminary studies in Rome, and to do postgraduate study in canon law. He was ordained a deacon in Rome in 2011, ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, on 29th June 2012 and is now Parish Priest at St Roch’s in Glen Iris.
Join us as Fr Michael uncovers the beauty and truths of the Sacrament of Confession.
Monday July 1st
T@P Trivia is back! Come join us for a fun night of Trivia to raise funds for future T@P events! Topics will range from General Knowledge to Movies, Geography and more! Bring friends, or we can place you on a team, however no more then 6 to a team.
$10 Per Person to pay on the night, cash only!
No bookings required.
Dinner and drinks available from 6:30 onwards
Team registration from 7pm
Trivia will begin at 7:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
MONDAY JUNE 3RD *6:30PM START*
We are thrilled to be joined next month by a well known defender of freedom of speech and religion. Miranda is a columnist with The Daily Telegraph and is well known for her conservative take on a range of social and political issues, so we are excited to have Miranda share with us her experiences and wisdom.
Miranda lived for some years in the United States, where she worked for the Boston Herald as a reporter and feature writer. On returning to Sydney in 1989, Miranda joined The Daily Telegraph as an assistant editor, police reporter and columnist. She also had a stint on exchange with the Sun and Sunday Times in London.
She has a Masters in Journalism from Chicago's North-Western University, and a Bachelor of Science in Maths from Macquarie University. She also tried first-year architecture at Sydney University and worked at the CSIRO's Division of Textile Physics before escaping science for journalism.
**Please note that Miranda's talk will commence at 6:30pm, not the normal 7:30pm start. Therefore you may arrive at 5:30pm to Level 1 for dinner. All other areas of the Euro Bier Cafe are open to the public before this time.**
MONDAY MAY 6TH
Matt Fradd: How to Win an Argument Without Losing a Soul
Theology @ the Pub and Catholic Vocations Melbourne are proud to be hosting internationally renowned Author, Podcaster and Speaker Matt Fradd on his Melbourne Tour. Matt speaks to tens of thousands of people every year. He is the best-selling author of several books, including Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas and The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography.
Matt’s podcast Pints With Aquinas receives hundreds of thousands of downloads every month. An Aussie by birth, he lives with his wife, Cameron, and their children in Georgia. Join us as Matt shares from his vast experience on the topic: How to Win an Argument Without Losing a Soul.
*PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING*
This is a ticketed event: Please follow the link to purchase Early Bird tickets which finishes on Sunday 21st April.
Early Bird Tickets $15
Regular Price $20
The Royal Melbourne Hotel on Bourke St is conveniently located next to Southern Cross Station, and easily accessible by tram. Street Parking is also available.
6:30 for Dinner
7:30 for the Talk
European Bier Café
Level 1, 120 Exhibition Street CBD MELBOURNE
This is a free event, but to keep this event running we rely on donations on the night.