Sep 19, 2022 | Events

The Tasmanian Branch of Highways and Byways invites you to attend the 2022 John Wallis Memorial Lecture – Baptismal Responsibility, a Spirit-led Church for today’s world.

WHEN: Thursday 6 October, 6.45pm for a 7 pm start

WHERE: In person: Don Bosco Creative Arts Centre, Guilford Young College, Glenorchy Campus, access via Mill Lane

Or: online via livestream


Dr Roper was awarded her doctorate in 2021. In the 20 years since she was baptised at 22, Elissa has studied theology, raised four children with her husband, Philip, served in the ecumenical and interfaith fields, contributed to parish life, and presented to academic and educational audiences in Australia and beyond. Currently, she manages the Sisters of Mercy Program of Theology for women in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. She also lectures in systematic theology for the program. Recently, Elissa assisted the Drafting Committee of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia. She also has strong ecumenical, interfaith, and interreligious interests.

An especially exciting feature for us is that our lecturer will be live in the auditorium with our local audience for the first time since 2019. However, for those that cannot attend in person, the lecture will also be live-streamed.

Supper will follow the lecture.

COST: We suggest a donation of $10, which benefits the small grants program of Highways and Byways – Healing the Land – Healing Ourselves – Together – the ongoing work of the Missionary Sisters of Service founded by Fr John in Launceston in 1944. New and used books will be on sale.

RSVP: For catering and seating purposes at or to obtain the live-stream link please RSVP to:

Eva: 0417 734 503, or

Penny: 0400 896 191,

The 2022 lecture will be an uplifting and inspirational event, and I look forward to welcoming you in person or virtually.


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