Fr. John Flader

Fr Flader is an American-born priest who arrived in Australia in 1968. A former director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre in Sydney, he has written Question Time for The Catholic Weekly since 2005. 

Fr. John Flader

Father Flader was born in Kohler, Wisconsin, U.S.A., and studied chemistry at Harvard University, graduating with a B.A. in 1962.

Then he went to Rome where he studied Theology at the Roman College of the Holy Cross from 1962 to 1964, and where he had the great privilege of being very close to the founder of Opus Dei, St Josemaria Escriva.

From 1964 to 1967 he studied Canon Law at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, obtaining a doctorate in 1967. His doctoral dissertation, which was published by the University of Navarre Press, was on mixed marriages.

Ordained a priest of Opus Dei in Segovia, Spain, in August 1967, and came to Australia in March 1968 to be the first chaplain of Warrane College, a residential college at the University of New South Wales which opened in 1970. He then served as chaplain of Warrane and of Creston College, a college for girls at the same university, until 1991.

From 1992 to 1997 he was chaplain of the University of Tasmania in Hobart and In 1998 moved to Melbourne where he was chaplain of RMIT University from 1998 to 2001.

Then Fr Flader was back to Sydney where from 2002 to 2010 he was the Director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre, an agency of the Archdiocese of Sydney.

He then was the  chaplain of Montgrove College,  and currently the chaplain at Tangara School for girls. Both o these schools are run by the PARED Foundation in Sydney.

Since January 2005 he have written the “Question Time” column in “The Catholic Weekly” and since July 2007 the column has also appeared in the Perth Catholic newspaper “The Record”.

His book Question Time 1 – 150 Questions and Answers on the Catholic Faith, was published by Connor Court in 2008. Editions of the book have been published in the Philippines and the United States, and there have been translations into Spanish and Indonesian. The second volume, Question Time 2 – Another 150 Questions and Answers on the Catholic Faith, was published by Connor Court in 2012. He now has question Time 3 also published by Connor Court. 

Another book, A Tour of the Catechism – Volume 1, The Creed, published by Connor Court in 2011, is a commentary on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, refined over many years of teaching the Catechism.

Most recently Fr Flader has worked with Arts Media on filming 24 talks on the Catholic Faith called “Journey to Freedom” for the use of RCIA groups preparing adults to enter the Catholic Church as well as for adult faith formation groups and schools. This is now an international seller and is distributed through St Joseph Communications. 

Father can cover a number of topics and so if you want to host father for either a question and answer night or have an event where he can screen his Journey to Freedom dvds while presenting on any of the topics covered in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

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