The appointment of a layman as dean of studies in a diocesan seminary is a rare occurrence but theologian Matthew Tan will take up the role when he moves to the Diocese of Wagga Wagga in February. Source: Catholic Weekly.
Dr Tan’s appointment as Dean of Studies at Vianney College, the diocesan seminary for Wagga, was announced this month.
A well-known figure in Sydney and Australian theological circles, he has served as theology lecturer in a number of universities – most recently at Notre Dame Australia and Campion College in Sydney – as well as serving the Archdiocese of Sydney as a Research and Formation Officer.
Dr Tan also worked as private secretary to Bishop Anthony Randazzo during his time as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.
“Doctor Tan comes to Vianney College Seminary and to Wagga eminently qualified to manage the academic life of the seminary,” said Vianney College Rector Fr Peter Thompson FM.
“His wide experience, many talents and youthful enthusiasm will help him, we are sure, to play a key role in the ongoing development and improvement of the seminary and hopefully make a positive contribution to the spiritual and academic life of the Wagga Diocese.”
Dr Tan’s academic qualifications include a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome and a Doctorate in Theology from ACU.
The Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Chris Meney, wished Dr Tan well in his new endeavour.
Sydney lay theologian to teach at Wagga Seminary (By David Ryan, The Catholic Weekly).