Oasis Days 2017
Date: Wednesday 16 August – Friday 18 August
Venue: Caves House, Yallingup
Facilitator: Br David Hall fms
David has been a Catholic school educator for close on thirty years and has been a Marist Brother for most of that time as well. His professional life has seen him fill positions as a teacher, Religious Education Co-ordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal in both primary and secondary schools, single-sex and co-educational. He has also spent time as the Executive Director of the Marist Ministries Office – a position that saw him responsible for the ministries of the Marist Brothers – schools, welfare agencies, young adult ministry and overseas solidarity works. During this time he developed his interest and expertise in staff spiritual formation, school governance and strategic planning. For the past five years David has been the Headmaster at Marcellin College Randwick – a secondary school for 970 boys. Prior to this he spent time undertaking doctoral studies in Chicago, USA. David has a keen interest in the support and development of leaders in Catholic schools and this was the focus of his doctoral work in theology. His dissertation proposed that leadership for our uncertain times should be prophetic and mystical and he has been trying to model that leadership in his current setting at Randwick. David juggles his work at Marcellin College with work in Africa, currently facilitating a group that is designing a leadership development program for staff across twenty-two countries, in sixty-five schools.
He is the founding Dean of La Salle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education, Australia Catholic University. The Academy which will be part of ACU's Faculty of Education and Arts will operate as a joint enterprise between the Faculty and the University's Faculty of Theology and the Directorate of Identity and Mission. The initiative to create the Academy is a response to the needs of a new generation of teachers and leaders who are deeply committed to the goals of Catholic education.