2019 MJR Conference Resources

After a rain-interrupted event in Hobart 2018, this year saw the MJR faithful flock to the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne for a vibrant two-day MJR Conference filled with much enthusiasm, sharing and discussion. While known for its ‘four seasons in one day’ climate, Melbourne decided to show off and stick with one season, providing pleasant weather conditions. Delegates enjoyed the comfortable surrounds of the Jasper on Day One, then were transported on Day 2 to either St Therese’s School in Essendon or St Kevin’s College in Toorak for a morning of MJR lesson modelling with school students. As always, it was great to see the MJR message delivered with a diverse array of  teaching styles and ideas from our presenters: many thanks to Peter ‘Mitch’ Mitchell and Michele  Hayes at St Therese’s, and Marty Ogle and Gemma Thomson at St Kevin’s. Upon return to the Jasper for lunch, delegates were split into discussion groups to answer a range of questions as presented by our Conference MC, Marty Ogle.

Delegates had travelled from all corners of Australia, which enabled a true ‘Australian’ snapshot of MJR in action. Presenters provided an array of topic discussions, with a focus on using MJR in the classroom, extending the MJR message beyond the classroom, and support avenues for teachers and RECs. With Sandy Nagy presiding over the book display, delegates were keen to explore the teaching materials available, keeping the Garratt team busy during meal breaks.

It seemed all too soon before we were saying goodbye to old friends and new. As with any conference, a lot of effort, time and angst went into bringing it to fruition. Many thanks to all those involved in making this the best MJR Conference to date, with special thanks to Marty Ogle who was our official Conference MC.


Below you will find a number of presentations from the 2019 MJR Conference. All the presentations are organised together as they were at the conference. Click the arrows to cycle through the presentations.


Presentation 1

MJR alive out West

Embedding MJR across the Diocese of Wilcannia Forbes through the empowerment of individuals.

Carmen Walsh – Religious Education Officer, Catholic Education Office Wilcannia Forbes, NSW

Presentation 2

Encouraging our 34 MJR ‘Champions’

Supporting the RE programs in each of the 34 Schools in the Rockhampton Diocese.

Catherine Simmonds – Faith Education Project Officer Catholic Education Office, Rockhampton, QLD

Presentation 3

Catholic Identity and MJR

Incorporating MJR across the Schools in the Northern Territory.

Laura Avery – Leader of Catholic Identity Catholic Education Office Darwin, NT


Presentation 4

MJR and Classroom Behaviour

How MJR can make a difference to your Classroom environment.

Michele Hayes – MJR Facilitator for Victoria

Presentation 5

Introducing My Friend Jesus

How to Introduce My Friend Jesus to Preps through to Grade 2

Liz Celegato – author of My Friend Jesus and Teacher’s Aide, Our Lady of the Angels, Wavell Heights, QLD

Presentation 6

Using MJR in the Secondary School

Introducing  MJR 24/7 to Secondary Students .

Gemma Thomson – co-author of MJR 24/7 and Leader of Mission and Faith Formation, Iona Presentation College, WA


Presentation 7

Mitch’s Australia-Wide Practical Hints

Peter Mitchell – author of Make Jesus Real

Presentation 8

MJR Radio

Weekly MJR Radio Station at St Brigid’s Kyogle – now in its 7th year!

Cinnamon Burrows – Teacher’s Aide, St Brigid School, Kyogle, NSW

Presentation 9

Planning for MJR & SOJ in the Classroom

Ideas for incorporating MJR & SOJ in your Classroom.

Jason Perry – author of Spirit of Jesus and Deputy Principal, St Anthony’s Launceston TAS

Presentation 10

MJR at Sacred Heart

How MJR is used at Sacred Heart and the 7 schools in the Launceston area.

Julian Davy – Year 4 class teacher and MJR Coordinator, Sacred Heart School, Launceston, TAS

Presentation 11

OK with a Smile

Lesson for students from Prep to Year 12.

Marty Ogle – co-author of MJR 24/7 and Values Education Officer, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Click below to download a PDF that compiles feedback from the 2019 conference!

Photo Gallery

Please enjoy some photos from the event. More will be uploaded as they become available.

Video Presentations

These two presentations were captured on in video form. Click below to play.