Faculty Patron Saints

Saint Albert the Great

Saint Albert the Great
Faculty of Education and Arts

Saint Matthew

Saint Matthew
Faculty of Law and Business

Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle

Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
Faculty of Education and Arts

Saint Thomas More

Saint Thomas More
Faculty of Law and Business

Blessed John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy


Faculty of Education and Arts: Saint Albert the Great
A Dominican Friar, Albert was a scientist long before the age of science, and an adviser to popes, bishops, kings, and statesmen. He is one of only 35 Doctors of the Church. His feast day is celebrated on the 15th of November.

Faculty of Law and Business: Saint Matthew
Tradition holds that Matthew initially preached the Good News in Aramaic to Jewish communities in Palestine for 15 years. His Gospel is considered to be a work that attempts to build bridges between Jewish and Gentile Christians. Later in his ministry, he travelled to Gentile nations and spread the Good News to the Ethiopians, Macedonians, Persians and Parthians. Islamic tradition holds that Matthew with St Andrew was the first to preach Christianity to the Ethiopians. His feast day is celebrated on the 21st of September.

Faculty of Education and Arts: Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
A French priest and educational reformer who dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the education of the children of the poor. He is the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers) a founding congregation of ACU. His feast day is celebrated on the 15th of May.

Faculty of Health Sciences: Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (Bernadette Soubirous)
St Bernadette was only 14-years old when she saw the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary – at what is now one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world – Lourdes in France. Her feast day is celebrated on the 16th of April.

Faculty of Law and Business: Saint Thomas More
Thomas More was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He opposed Henry VIII of England’s separation from the Catholic Church and in 1535 was tried for treason and beheaded. His feast day is celebrated on the 22nd of June.

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy: Blessed John Henry Newman
The 19th century's most important English-speaking Roman Catholic academic and theologian. He was also a priest, popular preacher and writer.  Relics of Blessed John Henry Newman are interred in the altars in the Chapels on our Melbourne and North Sydney campuses. His feast day is celebrated on the 9th of October.