ACU founding father wins Papal honour

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015

Melbourne’s Archbishop Denis Hart recently conferred the papal honour of Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great upon Chair of the ACU Chapter Paul Hoy.

In a ceremony at the Melbourne Campus, Archbishop Hart praised Mr Hoy for his extraordinary work for and commitment to the Archdiocese of Melbourne over 25 years, as adviser to the Archdiocese on constitutional and taxation matters, as well as being instrumental in establishing remuneration and retirement foundations for priests.

And Mr Hoy was part of the original group negotiating with the Minister of Education for the establishment of the ACU.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said Mr Hoy had worked tirelessly for more than 25 years in helping to realise a Catholic vision for higher education in Australia.

Applying his skill in company law, Mr Hoy was instrumental in the legal manoeuvres that forged ACU into a single entity.

As a faithful and longstanding member of our Victorian Chapter, he helped establish our law school in Melbourne and has helped oversee our capital works program both here in Melbourne and in Ballarat.

He has also been integral in supporting the strong bond between the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the University.

Archbishop Hart, in making the award to Mr. Hoy said, ‘Paul designed and built the legal structures of Australian Catholic University, which have provided a sound basis for the operations and growth of a multi-state institution which has had to meld many different cultures into a sustainable entity.

‘Paul has demonstrated great love for the Church, particularly in his involvement with Australian Catholic University. In his legal work and as a member of the body of founding fathers, he worked constantly to put in place arrangements and protocols which would ensure the continual renewal of the Catholic spirit in the University.

‘We thank God for Paul and all that he has achieved and congratulate him on the award of this well-deserved honour. Ad multos annos.’