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Dean of Students & Lecturer, Church History, St Francis College

Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien

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Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien is Dean of Students and Lecturer in Church History at St Francis College where she teaches on European Reformations. She has a BA (Hons) (UQ), a GCertEd (TESOL) (USQ), a MIS (UQ), and a PhD (UQ).

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Sheilagh from St Francis College

“I think it should be an absolute foundation in a faith-based organisation to have that collaborative, co-operative, compassionate approach…this culture of comprehensive Anglicanism within the Anglican Church Southern Queensland opens the doors for reaching out and embracing people who are different,” says St Francis College Dean of Students and lecturer Dr Sheilagh O’Brien

St Francis College Dean of Students Dr Sheilagh O'Brien with a gold cup-shaped hyperpyron coin of Alexius I (this coin is part of the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History collection, which is on display at St John's Cathedral)
People & History

A coin is worth a thousand words

In the ancient coins, lamps, manuscripts, marble statues, and mosaics that remain, the imagery and imagination of a distant time and place can be found again, allowing us to find new ways to tell the stories of the past for the present,” says Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien, with The Rev’d Dr Gregory Jenks


The European Reformations: what do the stories of everyday people tell us?

“Students and strangers often tell me, sotto voce and slightly awkwardly, that history was never their favourite subject at school. They then often explain that they were told to memorise lists of king and queens or prime ministers, or dates and places of major events, all with little context. To me, that is not history. History is not primarily concerned with the when and where – history is the study of people and the world they lived in,” says Dr Sheilagh O’Brien from St Francis College


European Reformations (THL 132/419)

“We will be discussing theology in the context of people, moments and movements in early modern Europe…It is only through understanding who we were that we can think critically about who we are and about who we want to be…Firstly we will be looking at the origins of religious fracturing…In the second half of the course…we will be focusing on the Reformation in England and the rest of the British Isles,” says St Francis College lecturer Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien