Father James Tierney, author of the Catholic Family Catechism, is a convert from Anglicanism. He graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Geology and Physics. Fr Tierney also attained a Diploma in Education, from the University of Sydney, 1953-1957 and was a Staff Sergeant in the Sydney University Regiment. He was ordained as a Priest in 1964 and has specialised in Family Catechetics. He earned membership into the Australian College of Education (M.A.C.E.) with a Programme for Apostles of Christ in High School in 1972.
In 1974 Fr. Tierney set up the Cardinal Newman Catechist Centre (now Cardinal Newman Faith Resources Inc.), which Cardinal James Freeman declared (Clergy Conference 12 December 1974) "an approved private enterprise in the Archdiocese of Sydney."
Father Tierney's first Catholic Family Catechism appeared in 1981. Cardinal Silvio Oddi, Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy said of it "We do hope that your catechism will be widely used in all the English speaking countries."
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