Honorary Doctorate for IFCU chief

Published: Tuesday 24th May 2016

Professor Monsignor Guy-Real Thivierge (second from the right) was in Melbourne last year when ACU hosted IFCU's General Assembly. He is pictured here with (from left to right) ACU Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Pauline Nugent, His Excellency Archbishop Zani, Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Governor General Peter Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven

International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) Secretary-General Professor Monsignor Guy-Real Thivierge received an ACU honorary doctorate last week for his contribution to the advancement of Catholic higher education around the world.

The citation read:

"Professor Monsignor Guy-Real Thivierge has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Catholic higher education around the world in his leadership roles at the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) over the last 26 years.

He has been one of the leading voices in the development of a Catholic university network across the globe and has been a strong advocate of support by established Catholic universities for emerging Catholic universities in the developing world, especially in Africa and Asia.

He has also been instrumental in advancing the role of research in the Catholic higher education sector.

Born in 1945 at Port-Alfred (Quebec, Canada), Monsignor Thivierge has been a priest at the diocese of Chicoutimi since 1970. He graduated from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), obtained a licentiate in scripture and a doctorate in dogmatic theology (Rome).

He has taught in Canada and Rome, more especially in the fields of Christian anthropology and Christology. He has been associated with the activities of the IFCU Centre for Coordination of Research (CCR) since 1985 and became its Director in 1994.

He also fulfilled the functions of Assistant Secretary-General of IFCU from that date and became Secretary-General of the Federation in 2001. He has published numerous books and articles in the field of biblical theology and edited many studies in the field of social sciences as Director of the CCR of IFCU.

In 2003 the President of the French Republic made him Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour and in 2004 St John Paul II appointed him as Consulter of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

In 2010, after six years of presidency, he was nominated President Emeritus of the International Catholic Center for Cooperation with UNESCO.

During his lifetime of work in Catholic higher education, Monsignor Thivierge has exhibited many of the values embodied in the ACU Mission.

He has driven the pursuit of the Catholic intellectual tradition by advocating for the Catholic university sector, always in the spirit of openness and dialogue and always searching for the truth in love in advancement of the common good.

His determination to increase the place of research in Catholic universities is also relevant to the mission and identity of ACU as a Catholic university."