Dr Mervyn Duffy

Lecturer in Theology & Acting Principal of Good Shepherd College, Catholic Institute of Sydney
BSc (hons) (Wellington, NZ) STB (Hawkes Bay, NZ) STL (Rome) STD (Rome)

Dr Mervyn Duffy is a Marist priest from Christchurch, ordained in 1985. While studying for priesthood he completed a degree in Mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington. He taught Mathematics, Computing and Religious Education at secondary level, principally at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, and Pompallier College in Whangarei. Mervyn was one of the group of teachers involved in the writing of textbooks for the ‘Understanding Faith’ religious education syllabus. He participated in the expert panels for the writing of Unit Standards and Assessment materials for Religious Education. For three years he was employed by the Qualifications Authority as the National Moderator for Religious Education. Subsequently, he spent four years in Rome studying for the license and then doctorate in systematic theology.


Dr Mervyn Duffy is the 2016 recipient of the John Dunmore Medal. The award recognises his research and publications contributing to the knowledge of the early Marist missionaries in the Pacific. The John Dunmore Medal is awarded annually in recognition of major contributions to knowledge and better understanding of the part played by the French people and French culture in the scientific, economic, historical and cultural development of the Pacific.

A limited number of publications are listed here.

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