ACU names Adelaide Campus after St Francis of Assisi
Published: Monday 22nd September 2014
Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) Adelaide Campus will be
formally named the St Francis of Assisi Campus in honour of the 13th Century
In October 2013,
in partnership with the Archdiocese of Adelaide, ACU launched its newest campus
in Adelaide to deliver theological education in South Australia, with courses
beginning in 2014.
The decision to
name the new campus after St Francis continues ACU’s tradition of naming its
campuses and buildings after significant people in the Church, reflecting the
University’s Catholic identity and mission.
Staff at the
campus, members of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, and the Archbishop
of Adelaide, Archbishop Philip Wilson were all involved in determining a suitable
Professor Greg Craven said that St Francis is an appropriate patron for the
“He is a relevant
saint for our times. He stands in a tradition of powerful demands for social
justice, which resonates strongly with ACU’s Catholic mission to make a
contribution to local, national and international communities guided by a
concern for justice and equity and a commitment to serving the common good,”
Professor Craven said.
Francis is the patron saint of ecology and some parts of the Faculty of
Theology and Philosophy in Adelaide are working on ecological theology as an
area of emerging research. ACU is also establishing the Adelaide Campus during
the pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis and the University would like to
align its work and spirit with him.”
ACU’s St Francis
of Assisi Campus offers a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, a Graduate
Diploma in Theological Studies, a Master of Theological Studies, a Master of
Theology, and the Doctor of Philosophy, as well as postgraduate degrees in
Religious Education and in Educational Leadership.
A naming ceremony
for St Francis of Assisi Campus will be soon announced.
ACU is the only
truly national university with seven campuses, in Adelaide, Melbourne,
Ballarat, Canberra, North Sydney, Strathfield and Brisbane.