Belong by developing a greater sense of community among staff; Believe through activities to worship God and grow spiritually; Become involved in activities that make a difference for those in need; and Be supported with pastoral care for life's challenging moments.
We believe in a definition of pastoral care which is not just about supporting people in challenging times but also celebrating the good and joyful times.
Especially in times of challenge, grief and uncertainty, pastoral care is primarily about listening and then supporting, encouraging and guiding the person or group of people to take steps towards healing.
In terms of Pastoral Care, we:
are available for discussions about things of deep meaning
believe in being driven by the need of the person sitting before us – not our own agenda
focus on building a supportive relationship with those who turn to us for pastoral care
model mercy and compassion
seek to help build each person’s dignity
seek to be part of a person’s return to wholeness and wellbeing
are a presence of the Church for people who want to discuss their questions about, or criticisms of the Church
are openly Catholic in our faith, however, we never push our faith on those who are not willing to engage in a faith discussion.
The ACU Interview Series
This series began in 2016, and it aims to provide a forum for ACU staff to gather at lunchtime, have a meal, hear a guest interviewed on matters related to the mission of ACU, and have the opportunity to ask questions of the guest.
Bishop Eugene Hurley is the Catholic Bishop of Darwin, and some have described him as Australia’s version of Pope Francis. His strong pastoral nature is a key reason for this comparison. He will be the next guest for this series, taking place on the North Sydney campus.
This will be an opportunity to hear him interviewed on a range of issues key to the church and world today and then have a chance to ask your own questions.
Free light lunch will be provided.
Details: Friday 12 May
Session 1 from 11.30am to 12.30pm Session 2 from 1pm to 2pm.
To RSVP and receive a calendar invite with room details, call Tony Hoban on Ext. 9701 4592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and please advise any dietary requirements and your preferred session time.
We joke that these events are speed dating without the romance!
Staff Roundtables are a chance to meet with a small group of other staff and have a discussion over lunch for an hour. You’ll spend a short time in conversation with 5 other people. The aim is to help build community on Campus and hopefully create new connections.
Do you need to unwind? Campus Ministry for Staff offers the opportunity on Campus to learn and practice Christian Meditation each week.
Christian Meditation offers a short break away from the hectic noise of daily life to relax into the love of God. 30 minutes is all you need to set aside. No experience is necessary.
Ballarat 12pm-12:30pm on Tuesdays | St Thomas Aquinas Chapel
Brisbane Currently Not Offered | Holy Spirit Chapel
Canberra 10:30am - 11am on Fridays | Signadou Chapel
North Sydney 1:00pm - 1:30pm on Thursdays | Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel
Strathfield 1:00pm - 1:30pm on Wednesdays | Barron Memorial Chapel
Melbourne 12:40pm - 1:10pm on Wednesdays | St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel