Our Staff

paul-beirne-web-new Paul Beirne, MA, MDiv, DMin, PhD

Paul was appointed Director of the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in January, 2014. He has been involved in spiritual direction and pastoral formation since 1977, and participated in the first Siloam Program to be held in Melbourne, in 1980.

Paul is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Divinity, and holds an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, a Masters in Divinity from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics at the University of Queensland. Paul has an academic and pastoral interest in the spiritual and mystic traditions of East Asian religions and the symbols immanent in these traditions.


Carole Carmody rsm, MEd, Grad Dip RE, Dip T, Cert SD

Carole Carmody is a supervisor at Heart of Life Spirituality Centre.

She is Sister of Mercy with a passion for the contemplative approach to spiritual direction, prayer, formative processes and retreats.

Chris Chaplin msc web Chris Chaplin msc
Chris Chaplin msc lives the eremitical life at Shoreham, Victoria. From this place of contemplation his outreach includes retreat ministry, spiritual direction, and psychotherapy. At Heart of Life he teaches meditation and mindfulness practice.

Kathy Clark, BA, Dip Tchg, BTheol, MTS, Cert SD

Kathy, originally from New Zealand, is a mother of three sons. She has worked as a secondary school teacher and as pastoral associate in local parishes. After enjoying the Let The Heart Listen, Spiritual Leaders and Siloam programs, Kathy completed BTheol and MTS degrees at YTU. She is a Supervisor for the fulltime Siloam group.


Mary Coloe pbvm, BA, BTheol(Hons), DTheol

Mary teaches in the field of New Testament studies, with a particular focus on the Gospel of John. She teaches at the Australian Catholic University, and has also taught at Boston College, the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, and at the Ecce Homo Biblical Institute Jerusalem. She is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and other national and international biblical associations. She was recently appointed by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity to participate in a 5 year Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ.


Peter Malone msc, BA(Hons), STL, DTheol (Honoris Causa)

Peter Malone msc was a member of the staff of YTU from 1972-1998. He taught Introduction to Old Testament, The Mystery of Christ, Introduction to Theology, Australian Theology, Media. He was editor of Compass Theology Review, 1972-1998. After serving as the president of the Catholic Film Offices of the Pacific (1989-1998), he was elected as President of OCIC (The International Catholic Organisation for Cinema) (1998-2001). When OCIC merged with UNDA (the International Catholic Organisation for Radio and Television) to form SIGNIS (The World Catholic Association for Communication), he was elected the first president (2001-2005). He has published articles and books on Theology, Spirituality and Cinema (and has reviewed films since 1968). Member of ACTA, Australian Catholic Theological Association.


Philip Malone msc, BA, DipEd, BRSt, STL

Philip Malone MSC teaches in the area of moral theology, with special interest in introducing students to this important field of study (and experience). Related teaching interests are sacramental and pastoral theology. He has published articles in Compass.


Marlene McGrath

Marlene has 10 years of involvement as a Pastoral Associate in a Melbourne parish. This brought her to a belief that the struggles and joys in the lives of people culminated in a ‘spiritual’ question. Thus began her connection with Heart of Life Spirituality Centre. She joined the Siloam program, became a spiritual director and currently works with the same process as a Supervisor. Marlene believes that faith and life intersect through myriad experiences in the mish-mash of life – the place where the Spirit continually invites, consoles, dwells, hides and challenges us to an active response from the heart.


Robyn Reynolds olsh, BA(Hons), MA, PhD

Robyn Reynolds OLSH has spent many years working and living with indigenous Australians in remote communities of the Northern Territory. After 10 years as lecturer and Dean of Catholic students at Darwin’s Nungalinya College, Robyn worked at Yarra Theological Union. She has also spent time in South Africa conducting workshops in Cross-Cultural Studies, Contextual Theology and Missionary Spirituality. She teaches in the area of Missiology, Spirituality, and Religious Education; of special interest is her unit “Social Teaching and Indigenous Peoples.” (Robyn’s doctoral thesis was entitled Catholic sacrament engaging with Wadeye Ritual).


Kathleen Spokes rsj, M Ed, Grad Dip Theol, Cert in Spir Dir & Supervision

Kathleen is a Sister of the Good Samaritan and has a particular interest in Benedictine spirituality, spiritual direction and personal and faith formation. Her responsibilities include supervision and teaching in the Siloam formation program for spiritual directors at Heart of Life Spirituality Centre. Kathleen has a background in Catholic education teaching in various Australian States and was engaged in teacher formation with the Catholic Education Office in Perth, Western Australia in the 1990’s. Kathleen’s professional and ministerial studies were undertaken at Boston College (M Ed), Murdoch University (Grad Dip. Theological Studies) and Heart of Life Spirituality Centre (Cert. Spiritual Direction and Supervision).


Lis Teggelove rsm

Lis has been involved at Heart of Life since the last century!… and she loves her work. Every day brings a new opportunity for being surprised and delighted by the unique workings of grace in the heart of each person. The natural environment, together with the simple prayerful atmosphere within the buildings, work together to create a contemplative ambience, wherein everyone is welcomed and respected.