'Brand Catholic' - where to from here?

Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014

‘Brand Catholic’ – where to from here?

This was one of the many challenging questions posed by award winning journalist Paul Bongiorno AO within the spirit of ‘Truth in Love’ to our panel of experts at the launch of ACU’s Leadership Centre in Cathedral House, Brisbane last week.  150 participants attended the Vice Chancellor’s Catholic Stakeholder event, which has morphed in recent years to become an annual Vice Chancellor/Archbishop Dinner (with panel discussion) and has fast become regarded as one of the hottest tickets in town in a packed calendar year.   

The first part of the evening saw the Blessing and launch of the stunning ACU Leadership Centre that has been brilliantly designed to develop leaders wishing to access postgraduate and professional development programs across all our areas of mission, in the Brisbane CBD.

A host of ACU stakeholders - politicians, policy makers and leaders across Church, Health, Education, Business and Law sectors - joined senior University staff to hear from our eminent panel including Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Suzanne Greenwood (CEO of Catholic Health Australia) and Father Frank Brennan who beamed in live via video conference from Boston College, USA.  An enthralled and appreciative audience, were treated to an exceptional debate, demonstrating ACU’s ability to host an evening of intellectual firepower and fresh insight into the many challenges (and opportunities) facing ‘Brand Catholic.’

Participants were also treated to a superb evening of colour and music.  His Grace formally Blessed the Centre, Professor Anne Cummins read the Prayers of the Faithful beautifully and Dr. Maeve Heaney led a wonderful group of musicians, selected from various Catholic institutions across the city, who performed a series of pieces chosen explicitly for their links to the Catholic brand theme.

The evening successfully showcased the ACU Leadership Centre as one of the most impressive, innovative and flexible learning Centres in Brisbane, which is testament to the leadership of the Office of the Provost in driving forward the Centre’s activities and the Office of the COO whose team constructed this impressive venue.  The event was also one of the first public engagements for ACU’s new Chancellor, the Honorable Mr. John Fahey, who described the panel discussion as ‘thought provoking’. 

This memorable evening was the second in the series of these events, building on last year’s theme which focused on ‘The First 100 Days of Pope Francis,’ which was equally well received by our stakeholders.

Congratulations - and thank you - to all involved. 

If you are in the Brisbane CBD please pop in the ACU Leadership Centre for a coffee.  We look forward to welcoming you.



Professor Jim Nyland,

Associate Vice Chancellor (Brisbane)