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Isabella Reed
For over thirty years, I have managed a diverse portfolio career in areas such as social policy development, faith formation and education in secondary, TAFE and university sectors. I have worked in various capacities and sometimes in more than one position at the same time. Most of my work has been related to my passion of helping Catholic Laity realise their vocation and call to mission within the Church and the world. The position of Director of the Office of Life Marriage and Family brings together my skills expertise and passion.
Co-director Jan 2004Present Catherine of Siena Institute, Australia
  • Co-ordinator of International Catherine of Siena tour, Forming Intentional Disciples, in May 2013.
  • Included address by Sherry Weddell to ACBC and priests of diocese of Parramatta and to various lay groups in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
  • Co-ordinator of Called & Gifted Workshops Trained presenter for Called & Gifted teams for Archdioceses of Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra-Goulburn Conducted workshop at Proclaim 2012, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on the New Evangelisation Conducted workshops in Archdioceses of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth, also dioceses of Rockhampton, Parramatta, Wagga Wagga and Ballarat.
Lecturer Jan 2002Present Catholic Theological College
  • Church History, Spirituality.
Jan 2011Jul 2014 Senate of Australia
  • Policy advisor to Senator John Madigan, DLP Senator for Victoria Provide policy advice and speech writing on: Life and Family Issues Industry: especially promoting worker democracy and co-operatives Human Rights Networking with relevant stakeholders in each of these policy areas.
Education Officer Jun 2004Jul 2013 Catholic Archdiocese Melbourne Melbourne, VIC
  • Newsletter Editor, Regional Organiser: Geelong, Ballarat, Colac.
  • AREAS OF COMPETENCE: Communication skills: public speaking: address service clubs, school groups, university student associations, special interest organisations; classroom teacher and university lecturer; tutoring; extensive experience in dealing with individual and group situations; leader of retreat programs; proficient in all areas of written communication including speech writing, submissions, journalistic and research articles, as well as course development and presentations.
  • Adult Education: teacher of Communication, English and History NSW TAFE; leadership trainer in community and church organisations; marriage and post-marriage educator; providing professional development to secondary school teachers; coordinating and addressing forums and seminars on issues ranging from education to family welfare; training of catechists for teaching in government schools.
Fatith and Mission Leader Mar 2011Sep 2011 Loreto College, Mary's Mount Ballarat, VIC
Jan 1996Jan 2000 Member Adult Faith Development Commission
Teacher Australian Catholic University and the Catholic Theological College
  • Experienced in a number of educational environments: Catholic secondary schools Community language schools Post school: TAFE (NSW & Vic) Research: research issues relating to family welfare; prepare briefing notes for parliamentarians and journalists; academic research in history and spirituality assign and supervise research projects undertaken by professional consultants.
  • Media and public relations: liaison with community organisations and media, prepare media releases; organise press conferences published articles in various religious and secular media.
Bachelor of Theology Jan 1989 Melbourne College of Divinity GradDipEd (secondary, specialising in Religious Education); Institute of Catholic Education (now ACU)
Bachelor of Arts Jan 1983 Monash University
Articles in Australasian Catholic Record (professional theological journal): Caroline Chisholm: Prophet of the Laity' (October 2012) Nurturing the Family: The Cradle of Faith' (August 1993) Archbishop Carr and the Catholic Laity, Melbourne 1887-1917' (April 7 August, 1991) Educating the Laity' (October, 1987) Book Chapter: Geoghegan, Clara Staffa. 'Caroline Chisholm and the Polemics of Sainthood' God, the Devil and a Millennium of Christian Culture; pages: 107-122. Zika, Charles (Editor); Warne, Ellen (Editor). Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2004. Availability online at:;dn=874077774659800;res=E-LIBRARY> ISBN: 0734030517. [cited 15 Nov 07] Papers Discovering the Charisms of Caroline Chisholm, Caroline Chisholm College Staff development program, Braybrook, [a series of presentations between June 2011 and September 2013] Discerning moments of Grace in our Lives, Gracefest workshop day, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, August 18, 2012 Ordinary Families - Extraordinary Vocation, Share the Dream Conference, Melbourne, 15-17 April 2011 Caroline Chisholm Prophet of the Laity, Fundraising Dinner, St Peter and Paul Goulburn, 2010 St Paul and the Christian Vocation, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Conference, Melbourne 2010 Caroline Chisholm: A prophet for our times, Staff Spirituality Day, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, 2009 Caroline Chisholm: A Meddlesome Catholic in the Prophetic Tradition, Australian Church History Society Conference, Catholics in Australian Public Life, Sydney 2009 Caroline Chisholm and the Polemics of Sainthood, A Millennium of Christianity Conference, University of Melbourne (2001); Caroline Chisholm - the Spirituality of a Social Reformer Foremothers in Faith, seminar (1988) and Women and the Australian Church (1992).
Italian (fluent), Spanish, French.
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Previous Companies:

  • Catherine of Siena Institute
  • Australia
  • Catholic Theological College

Previous Job Positions:

  • Co director
  • Lecturer
  • Education Officer
  • Fatith and Mission Leader
  • Teacher


  • Melbourne College of Divinity
  • Monash University

Level of Education:

  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts

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