Munus triplex nauticus kaleidoscope priest, pastor and porthole as the pastoral-liturgical identity of a Royal Australian Navy chaplain

Christine Senini

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Sustained theological reflection on the vocational identity of a Royal Australian
Navy (RAN) chaplain is absent and long delayed. There is a paucity of relevant
academic theological literature and a lack of agreement about what vocational identity of a RAN chaplain (VI-RANC) means for praxes. This identity crisis harms Missio Dei. It is a threat to the effectiveness and future role of RAN chaplains. This critical situation demands serious theological exploration.

This thesis embarks on a voyage of exploration and discovery. Its mission is:
Applying the methodology of juxtaposition developed by Gordon Lathrop; present a pastoral-liturgical model of vocational identity to engender an agreed VI-RANC.

The format of this thesis is an integrating essay linked with four papers. The juxtaposition of the papers and essay exemplify a synchronic approach. In particular, this thesis considers the polysemous ways in which VI-RANC has been shaped and offered. It explores VI-RANC from the perspective of pastoral-liturgical theology.

This thesis examines a variety of texts relevant to VI-RANC, including
theological literature, chaplaincy models, munus triplex as vocational identity, liturgical theology, and pastoral-liturgical theology. This examination discovers pertinent theological bearings. Distillation of these theological bearings determines the key facets of VI-RANC as: singularly-multifaith; confident-humility; reverend-commander; untraditional-traditions; contented-anxieties; and consistent-transitions.

This thesis tests these key facets by juxtaposing them to the series of papers and munus triplex. This results in munus triplex nauticus, a nautical contextualisation of munus triplex. This thesis tests and refines munus triplex nauticus, or priest, pastor, and porthole, by juxtaposing it to the series of papers. Munus triplex nauticus kaleidoscope emerges as a contemporary model to engender an agreed VI-RANC.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Gribben, Robert, Co-Supervisor
  • Burns, Stephen, Co-Supervisor
  • Reid, Stephen, Co-Supervisor
Award date28 Mar 2014
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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