Fr. Paul Chandler

Fr Paul was born in Toowoomba and ordained in 2006. Fr Chandler began Frassati Australia to form young men in the Catholic faith. Fr Paul holds multiple degrees in theology and education. He is currently completing his PhD in theology, focusing upon Theology of the Body.

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About Fr. Paul Chandler

Through years as a teacher in Catholic schools and also as a priest, Fr Paul has developed an interest in the ‘masculine genius’, what it is that makes masculinity a means of flourishing for boys and men as well as a pathway of virtue and a means to holiness.

His experience in the educational and pastoral activities of the Church and the time spent researching the doctoral thesis, which gave birth to this book, convinced him that there is a genuine need to explore masculinity from a theological perspective.

Fr Paul was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, and educated by the Sisters of Mercy in Ipswich and the Christian Brothers in Toowoomba. His post-school education has been in the areas of teaching, education, ministry and theology.

Pastoral and parish commitments have included an involvement with youth ministry, university chaplaincy and faith formation.

In 2010, together with five amazing young men, he began the Frassati Fraternity in Australia, under the patronage of Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati.

This organisation seeks to form young men in the Catholic faith, to help them live that faith authentically and sacramentally, and to spread the spirit of the Gospel in society.

It strives to help young men, not only to discover their vocation in life, but also to tread confidently the pathway of masculine holiness.

He is currently working the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia.

Talks for Parousia Speakers Bureau
All talks are 45-50 minute duration. When in a series, each individual talk will be of that length. There can always be time for Q&A. Some talks can be shortened or lengthened depending on the need of the listeners. Unless otherwise stated the target audience is adults, either young or older, or a mixture as in a parish setting.
Theology of the Body

Please select one of three options:

1: A stand-alone talk on Theology of the Body that gives a brief introduction and overview of St John Paul II’s Wednesday audiences and introduces the audience to some of the major themes of this work

2: A series of 6 talks that explore the theology in greater depth

3: Individual stand-alone talks on the following topics arising from Theology of the Body:

  • The Vocation of Marriage
  • Purity of Heart
  • Marriage in the light of Songs of Songs and the wedding of Tobias & Sarah
  • Humanae Vitae and the ethical regulation of birth
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati

This is an introduction to the patron of World Youth Days, the story of his life, and the qualities that make him an attractive model and example for young people.

It can be geared either to young men or a mixed audience.

It can be a stand-alone talk or a series of talks (most probably three) depending on the interests and needs of the audience.

For Men: A Theology of Masculinity

Please select an option:

1: A stand-alone talk outlining my book Esto Vir and the foundational qualities of manhood that arise from it.

2: A series of talks going into greater depth of my book Esto Vir, and at any length of series the audience might be interested in.

For Young Men: The Pursuit of Holiness

Please select an option:

1: A stand-alone talk outlining my book Esto Vir and the foundational qualities of manhood that arise from it.

2: A series of talks going into greater depth of my book Esto Vir, and at any length of series the audience might be interested in.

With reference to Pier Giorgio, we explore what it means to be holy, and how you get there.

This is the same talk or series of talks as ‘For Men’ with a specific relevance to young men, who are either married, single or discerning a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life.

The Mass

What does it mean when we speak of the Sacrifice of the Mass?

This talk is a stand alone talk that seeks to enable the audience to understand what is sometimes not well understood, that is, how and why is the Mass a representation of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Not only will it seek to shed light on this undervalued aspect of the Mass, but also seek to encourage greater devotion to the Mass and the Blessed Sacrament.

How is Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament?

This talk begins from the misunderstandings and false teachings of Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament to enable the listeners to appreciate and understand what the Church has always taught about the Real Presence.

It can also cover the ways to receive Holy Communion and how to show respect and reverence for the Real Presence. Mention will also be made of Eucharistic Adoration.

The Four Foci of the Mass

This series of four talks (though they could be condensed either into one or two) takes the four items of sacred furniture in the sanctuary (altar, ambo, tabernacle and chair) and uses them as ‘springboards’ to explore different aspects of the Mass.

The themes covered will include the Blessed Sacrament & Holy Communion, the Word of God, Sacrament of Holy Orders and the presence of Christ when the church gathers for worship and liturgy.
This series would include some aspects of the stand-alone talk on how Christ is present in the Blessed Sacrament previously.

The Sacrament of Confession

The why, what, when and how of Confession.

This talk covers not only some of the theology of the sacrament but also practical recommendations and a refresher for how to go to Confession.

It also seeks to encourage more regular Confession among the listeners.

The Two Wings of Faith and Prayer

A talk that can act as an introduction to the Theology of the Body, and can also stand alone as a reflection upon the recent history of attacks against the Church from forces hostile to it in secular society.

It includes the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima and the Third Secret as well as the lies perpetrated against Pope Pius XII. While not polemic in nature but rather reflective, it encourages the listener to be concerned about the welfare of the Church and to pray, particularly, to the Mother of God for the Church’s protection.

Indulgences

How many Catholics understand or even make use of indulgences? Many think that indulgences were done away with in the reforms after Vatican II.

This talk seeks to explain what indulgences are and how they operate for the spiritual good and salvation of the faithful.

Our Lady of Fatima
This talk tells the story of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. It also can focus upon the message and the children.
Where We Gather

This series of three talks arises from my Masters thesis which focused upon the relationship between the architecture and decoration of churches and the liturgies celebrated in them in the Roman Empire of circa 320AD, England just before the Reformation and the Gothic Revival of the 19th Century.

While an historical investigation it also usually gives rise to questions that interest us today, namely, what should or could our churches look like to assist us in celebrating the divine liturgy in a worthy way.

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