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The Rev’d Dr Jane Lee-Barker

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Position: Lecturer in Systematic Theology



Graduate Certificate of Theological Education
University of Divinity, Australia

Doctor of Philosophy
University of Divinity, Australia

Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Dogmatics
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Fundamental
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Master of Theology – by research
Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia

Bachelor of Theology
Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia

Bachelor of Arts – Modern Asian Studies
Griffith University, QLD, Australia

Certificate of General Nurse Training
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia


Areas of Teaching

Systematic Theology


Jane Lee-Barker is an ordained Anglican priest and Priest in Charge of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Burra, South Australia.   She is an Adjunct Lecturer in theology at St. Barnabas College Adelaide.  After qualifying as a registered nurse Jane did a degree in Modern Asian Studies majoring in Chinese language (Mandarin) and East Asian Sociology.  In addition to work as a nurse she worked for a migrant hostel teaching intercultural communication to both staff and migrants. She became a Nurse Educator at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and later at Latrobe University and Monash Medical Centre.

After her first theology studies Jane answered her call  to ministry as the Foundation Chaplain of Monash University Caulfied Campus. She has worked in hospital chaplaincy and her training in Clinical Pastoral Education was done at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  Her formation for the priesthood, including Supervised Field Experience, was done in Melbourne and Adelaide.  Jane studied theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, The University of Munich and the University of Divinity, Australia where she gained her PhD in Systematic Theology in 2015 followed by a Graduate Certificate in Theological Education. Her doctoral thesis was a study of the theology of providence in the writings of the religious philosopher, Romano Guardini.  She did Anglican Studies at Wycliffe College, Oxford University, and Philosophy studies at Melbourne University.  She has taught Theology at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, the Melbourne College of Divinity, St. Barnabas College, Adelaide and Charles Sturt University, Canberra.

Jane has had a longstanding  involvement in Ecumenical activities and Interfaith work and currently serves on a number of National and State Ecumenical Commissions. Her current research is in the areas of Theological Anthropology, Liturgy and Theology in the Public Arena.  Her book, God’s world. No String Puppets: Providence in the Writings of Romano Guardini, is with the publishers, Wipf and Stock and will be available later in the year.

She has two adult children who are married and live with their own families in Washington DC and Singapore.


Conferences and Public Presentations

“Following Christ. The place of Liturgy and Worship in the Theology of Romano Guardini” ANZATS  Conference, “Theological Ethics”  July 5-7 2021.

“Come unto Me:Work Mysticism Contemplation and Theosis in the Trinitarian Theology of Romano Guardini” Catholic Theological Association of America, 13th Convention “All you who Labor: Theology Work and Economy”  June 11-14 2021.  

“The Importance of the Individual person, Human Experience and Jesus Christ in the work of Romano Guardini at a time of National Distress” Public Lecture to Clergy,  September 23 2020, Willochra Diocese

“Ideological Thinking, Totalitarianism and Jesus Christ. Romano Guardini’s Challenge in the time of National Socialism” University of Divinity Research Conference, “Faith in Political Space,” June 4 2020.

“Bridge Building for God’s World. The Work of Henri Le Saux (Abhisiktananda) and Romano Guardini” Poster Presentation, International Comparative Theology Australian Catholic University, July 23-24 2019. 

“The Spirit of Ecumenism. The Ecumenical Dimension of Romano Guardini’s Work”  University of Divinity, Research Day June 5 2019.

“A Fine Line. God and the Human Person in Romano Guardini’s notion of Providence” Australian Lutheran College University of Divinity, Research Seminar, North Adelaide, March 12 2019.

Stand Strong. Another world is possible. Resistance and Transformation in Romano Guardini’s theology for the German people in a time of National Stress” Presented at the ALC (Australian Lutheran College) University of Divinity, Research Seminar, North Adelaide, Australia, September 18 2018 .

Contributions of Philosophers and a Theological Philosopher of Religion to Receptive Ecumenism” 4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism, Canberra, Australia, November 6-9 2017.

“Researching the Teacher of Teachers. What can we learn from Romano Guardini?” Presented to research group, Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, Victoria, October 20 2017.

“The Spirit of Ecumenism: the Ecumenical dimension of Romano Guardini’s work”. Orientale Lumen: Australasia and Oceana IV,  “Churches East and West. Questioning the Modern Context”, Melbourne, Australia, July 4-7 2012,.

Romano Guardini’s Theology of Providence”, The Second Annual Postgraduate Research Conference in Theology and Philosophy, Melbourne, Australia, September 26, 2011. 

“God’s World, Romano Guardini’s Theology of Providence” Arbeitsgemeinschaft Oekumenische Forschung (Ecumenical Research Forum) “Christliche Mission – Oekumenisches Zeugnis in einer globalisierten Welt”  (Christian Mission – Oecumenical Witness in a Globalized World.) Hamburg, Germany, November 26-29 2010.

“Religious Authority in the work of Religious Philosopher Romano Guardini’s Work with Particular Reference to the National Socialist Period” International Autumn Conference for the Dutch Association for the Academic Study of Religion (NGG – Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap) “Religious Authority Past and Present”, Amersfort, The Netherlands, October 22-23  2010.

A World Alive with the fullness of God. Openness to God. Openness to Others” Melbourne College of Divinity, Centenary Conference, “The Future of Religion in Australian Society”, Melbourne, Australia, July 2010.

“Building Bridges for God’s World: the Work of Romano Guardini and Henri Le Saux OSB (Abhishiktananda”).  International Symposium, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, “Monk, Mystic, Bridge-builder: Abhishiktananda’s Relevance today”, Shantivanam India, January 2010.

“Take off your Shoes: Bridge Building for God’s World: Romano Guardini and Abhishiktananda.” Lecture given at Trinity College University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, November 2009.

Development in Romano Guardini’s notion of Providence” at Conference “Come Holy Spirit, Renew the Face of the Earth”, Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS), Adelaide Australia, July 2009.

“God’s World. No String Puppets. Providence in the writings of Romano Guardini”, Research School, Melbourne College of Divinity, Melbourne Australia, July 2009.

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