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Who is Dr Robert Haddad?

Dr Robert Haddad lives in Sydney, Australia. He holds nine university qualifications in the areas of law, theology, philosophy, education, religious education, and executive management, namely:

- Bachelor of Laws (USyd. 1989)

- Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (Charles Sturt 1997)

- Graduate Diploma in Education (ACU 2003)

- Master of Philosophy (ACU 2007)

- Master of Arts (Theology) (UNDA 2007 - University Medallist)

- Master of Religious Education (UNDA 2008)

- Diploma of Teacher Education (College of Teachers, London 2010)

- Certificate in Executive Leadership and Management (Oxford University 2012)

- Doctor of Philosophy (UNDA 2020)


In addition to his studies, Robert has authored ten books, selling over 60,000 copies, his most popular being Defend the Faith! and 1001 Reasons Why It’s Great to be Catholic! 


In his professional capacity, Robert has also written and/or edited the following catechetical resources for the Archdiocese of Sydney:

- Christ our Light and Life K-6 curriculum (3rd Edition) for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (2009-2012)

- Christ our Light and Life 7-12 curriculum (1st Edition) for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (2011-12)

- Gratia Series Sacramental program (2012)

- Initiate - a resource for RCIA in schools (2014)

- To Know Worship and Love textbooks (Years 9 and 10) (2020)

Throughout his working life, Robert has worked at St Charbel’s College (15 years), the Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Sydney (4 years), the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (4 years) and the Catholic Adult Education Centre (4 years part-time), the University of Notre Dame, Sydney (10 years part-time). He has been presenting public talks on the Catholic Faith in Australia and overseas since 1996. Currently, he works as the Manager, Network Catholic Identity for the Sydney Catholic Schools Office and in this capacity has responsibility for staff faith formation, family educators and youth ministry. In 2016 he led the largest group of Australian pilgrims to travel to an overseas World Youth Day, over 650 Catholic students and staff. For his PhD Robert researched the principles of the New Apologetics and applied his findings to create a New Apologetics curriculum for Catholic secondary schools. In 2014 Robert was awarded an Australia Day Award for his contributions to education and in 2020 the Dempsey Medal by the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, for his work in evangelisation.

Contact Robert

To contact Robert for a talk, book or DVD purchase please ring

61 2 9568 8116


or email him at

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