Academic Staff

Benjamin McCabe
BA (Lib Arts) (CCA), MA (English Lit) (USYD), Cert IV (Training & Assessment)

Director of Augustine Academy
Lecturer in Literature

Phone:  0450 729 077

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Ben McCabe completed his studies at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation in 2009, after which he left Perth to study at Campion College in Sydney. During his studies he spent six months studying abroad in Canada at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Campion in 2013. He is currently completing his Master of Arts in literature at the University of Sydney.

He has a wide range of teaching experience, having taught English at schools in Kenya in 2010 and Tanzania in 2014. For the past two years he has taught homeschool classes throughout NSW. In 2015 Ben was employed as a tutor at the University of Sydney, where he taught Renaissance English literature.

His areas of research interest are: Arthurian legends and the development of the chivalric code, Christian allegory in medieval literature, the shift of heroic archetypes in old and middle English, the eighteenth century Romantic poets.

Robert van Gend
BA (Lib Arts) (CCA), MPhil (UNDA), LMusA (violin), Cert IV (Training & Assessment)

Dean of Studies
Lecturer in Philosophy


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Robert was awarded an Australian Student Prize in 2011 and graduated from Campion College, Sydney in 2014 with the College Medal for the Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts), majoring in Philosophy, History and Latin. In 2015 he presented a paper on ‘The Christian View of Cosmic History’ at a colloquium run by the Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies in Tasmania, which was later published in Dangerous Ideas (Connor Court, 2017). He is also a published author in the field of mathematics and music and he is currently writing a thesis on the mind-body problem for a Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

Monica van Gend
BA (Lib Arts) (CCA)

Lecturer in History



Monica graduated from Campion College with a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts in 2016. Studying Literature, Philosophy, Theology and History, she specialised in History and Theology. In her final year of study she spent a month in Rome undertaking an intensive unit on the literature of Rome, ancient to modern. While at Campion Monica received the Hildebrand scholarship for academic excellence and was on the Dean’s list of merit for academic excellence every semester. In 2015 Monica won the Sister Lorna O’Brien Medieval History prize for achieving the highest mark in Medieval History.

Since graduating Monica has been working as a Senior Residential Tutor at Campion College. She has worked as a tutor in English since 2014 and has also worked as a dance teacher since 2012.

Monica is currently studying a Master of Liberal Arts, specialising in Theology, at the University of Notre Dame.

Paul Hoare
BTh (University of Divinity), MCouns (Monash)

Lecturer in Theology