ACU’s founding chancellor Cardinal Edward Clancy AC has died.
The ACU community is mourning the death of the former Archbishop of Sydney and the founding Chancellor of ACU Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy AC.
Cardinal Clancy died yesterday in Sydney, aged 90.
In his more than six decades dedicated to the service of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Clancy held an 18-year tenure as Archbishop of Sydney during which time he oversaw the completion of Sydney’s St Mary's Cathedral. He also spent four years serving as Bishop of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, 14 years as President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and held membership with several Vatican bodies.
For Australian Catholic University, Cardinal Clancy played a central role in creating ACU as a national university through the amalgamation of several colleges in three states and the ACT. He served as Chancellor from 1990 to 2000 and always remained a strong supporter and close friend of the university.
Cardinal Clancy was born in Lithgow in 1923 and was educated in several Catholic schools around the state before entering the seminary. He studied philosophy and theology at St Columba’s College, Springwood, and St Patrick’s College, Manly, and later studied in Rome, graduating with a Licentiate in Theology from the Angelicum University and a Licentiate in Holy Scripture at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.
Ordained in St Mary’s Cathedral at 25, he held roles in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Canberra through his steady rise as a shining example of devotion to the Church and each parish in which he served. Archbishop Clancy welcomed Pope John Paul II to Sydney twice and was closely connected to Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI.
Mass in honour of Cardinal Clancy will be held on all ACU campuses on Wednesday. Director of Identity and Mission Father Anthony Casamento has written the following prayer:
Heavenly Father, since the time of the Apostles you have inspired the Church to commission some to be chief shepherds in the pastoral mission of Jesus. Bless Edward Bede Cardinal Clancy, who served a humble and faith-inspired life and has now gone to his rest with you, in the hope of rising again. May rest rest in peace. Amen
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Pauline Nugent said, “On behalf of ACU, I would like to extend condolences to Cardinal Clancy’s family and to the Catholic community.”