Br Julian McDonald has been recognised and honoured for his service to the Church and the Christian Brothers order with an award from Pope Francis. The Papal Honour of the Croce pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for the Church and the Pontiff) was presented to Br Julian last month at ceremony in Rome.
Br Julian McDonald is a long-time supporter of and advocate for higher education and served as a member of the ACU Senate from 1992 before being appointed as the University’s Pro-Chancellor and then becoming ACU Chancellor from 2000 to 2010. Br Julian also taught at ACU’s predecessor College at Strathfield for many years and he was centrally involved in the introduction of ACU’s Institute for Advancing Community Engagement - a manifestation of his commitment to equity and social justice. Br Julian currently serves in Rome as the assistant to the Congregation’s Leader.
At the award ceremony Br Julian remarked: “I have done nothing more throughout my life as a Christian Brother than to try to live what I committed myself to … My parents taught me to use and to share with others whatever gifts with which God has blessed me”.