Papal inspiration at ACU Brisbane

Published: Wednesday 25th November 2015

Message from Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane) Professor Jim Nyland: Two memorable Papal related events took place at ACU Brisbane earlier this month to round off a busy year of Silver Jubilee celebrations. The Blessing of the Saint John Paul II statue, and a panel event Laudato Si: Beyond Corporate Sustainability.

Blessing of the Saint John Paul ll statue

In a scene reminiscent of the Blues Brothers, ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Fr Anthony Casamento and Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Nyland joined 100 EPG members and McAuley at Banyo campus colleagues, donning sunglasses in a gesture of empathy, respect and fun, during the Blessing of St John Paul II sculpture (who is wearing sunglasses in the statue depicting him as a young man, hiking).

An incredible addition to his namesake building (now nationally acclaimed as the Winner of the 2015 Master builders Public Building Award up to $50m) the inspirational statue carries the inscription ‘Totus Tuus’ on its mountain base -  a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours” expressing the Pontiff’s personal motto.

Laudato Si.

The previous evening to this Blessing saw ACU Brisbane host their third Annual ACU Vice-Chancellor/Archbishop Catholic Stakeholder dinner and panel discussion event – this year themed Laudato Si: Beyond Corporate Sustainability. This annual dinner saw 200 of ACU Brisbane’s finest stakeholders and senior professionals come together in an evening of great insight into Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter, whilst enjoying good food, wine and company.  The event was hosted by Madonna King, award-winning journalist, author and commentator and she was joined by an expert panel comprising Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor ACU; Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane; Jacqui Rémond, CEO of Catholic Earthcare Australia; and Professor Andrew Griffiths, Academic Dean, Head of UQ Business School.

This event was also notable for providing the first opportunity for the public announcement of the newly titled Peter Faber Business School. Both the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Therese Joiner and National Head of the School, Professor Susan Dann awarded the inaugural $10k VC/Archbishop Scholarship to a worthy recipient, Olufemi Olaitan (Alex) Adeniyi. This scholarship is generated by the success of the annual dinner series, allowing the recipient to complete their MBA program at the ACU Leadership Centre in Cathedral Precinct.

My thanks to everyone involved in these superb events.