28 February 2008: Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) celebrated the start of the academic year as it held the annual Commencement Ceremony in the Holy Spirit Chapel on Wednesday 27 February.
The mass was led by Bishop Joseph Oudeman, Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane, who spoke of the need for students to “qualify for life” through spiritual growth in partnership with their academic pursuits.
Students, community partners and University staff were addressed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Quality and Engagement) Professor John O’Gorman and Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, who extended a warm welcome to commencing students and their families and stressed the importance of a friendly and caring learning environment.
“The fundamental part of being a Catholic University is that we are a Catholic community” Professor Craven said, “We also need to recognise that there is no contradiction between faith and intellect”.
Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan of Brisbane, Professor Anthony Kelly (School of Theology, ACU), Associate Professor Gerard Hall (School of Theology, ACU) and Fr Michael McCarthy (Rector, Holy Spirit Seminary) also concelebrated the mass.
ACU’s Brisbane Campus offers courses in arts, business, education, information systems, music, nursing, psychology, social work, social science and theology.
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.