ACU to honour international Catholic education leader

Monday, 30 July 2007

Sydney, 30 July 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will award international Catholic education leader Archbishop J Michael Miller CSB with its highest honour, Doctor of the University (honoris causa), at a special ceremony this Wednesday evening.

The presentation, to take at place at the Isabel Menton Theatre, Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney at 6.15pm, will pay tribute to Archbishop Miller’s outstanding contribution to Catholic education the world over.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said Archbishop Miller, current Secretary to the Congregation on Catholic Education at the Vatican, was one of the most significant writers and communicators in the Catholic Church today and a leading ambassador for Catholic education.

“Archbishop Michael Miller is a person of outstanding intellectual merit. His tireless commitment to preserving the Catholicity and intellectual life of higher education institutions around the world serves as an example to us all,” Professor Sheehan said.

“Through his authorship of many learned texts and academic journal articles, Archbishop Miller has given clear focus and voice to the principles of Pope John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae and, in particular, the unending pursuit of truth and conviction in university study. ACU is honoured to be able to recognise Archbishop Miller as a Doctor of the University.”

Archbishop Miller was born in Canada and holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of Wisconsin, the Toronto School of Theology and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He was appointed to the Vatican post after serving as President of the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas for seven years. Shortly, he will assume the role of Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver, Canada.

During his visit to Australia, Archbishop Miller will be a keynote speaker at the Fourth International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership, held in Sydney from 29 July-1 August and hosted by ACU’s Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.