19 January, 2007: The Senate of Australian Catholic University (ACU) has announced plans to present Archbishop J Michael Miller CSB, Secretary of Catholic Education at the Vatican, with its highest honour - the award of Doctor of the University (honoris causa).Archbishop Miller, the current Secretary of Catholic Education in the Roman Curia, will be honoured by the University for his services to Catholic education worldwide at a special ceremony, expected to be held in August 2007.
He will also make public appearances at a number of ACU campuses throughout Australia during his time in the country.
ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said Archbishop Miller had been instrumental in furthering the boundaries of Catholic education over the past 30 years.
“Archbishop Miller is recognised all over the world for his commitment to excellence in Catholic education, especially in the face of an increasingly secular society,” Professor Sheehan said.
“He is a major proponent of Catholic universities further exploring their special mission and promoting truth as an integral principle of the educational learning experience.
“ACU is a strong supporter of the Archbishop’s tireless work and we wish to bestow this honour as a way of expressing our appreciation.”
While in Sydney, Archbishop Miller will address the Fourth International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership, to be held from 29 July to 1 August.
The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by ACU’s Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership, is ‘Catholic Educational Leadership for the 21st Century’.
Other international speakers at the conference include Professor Gail Furman from Washington State University and Professor Padraig Hogan from the National University of Ireland Maynooth.
Archbishop Miller, originally from Ottawa in Canada, is no stranger to higher education, having previously served as President of St Thomas Aquinas University in Houston, Texas.
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.