Prayers and condolences from the Vice-Chancellor for victims of MH17

Published: Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Dear colleagues,

We all share the great sadness and dismay at the tragic loss of life on the Malaysian flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

The loss of almost 300 people, including 28 Australians, is a shocking and senseless tragedy. I extend my most heartfelt condolences and prayers to all those who have lost family, friends and loved ones.

This terrible disaster has touched personal lives and communities around the world.

As a sign of respect and mourning for the lives lost through this tragedy, flags on ACU campuses are flying at half-mast. Campus Ministry is providing Mass on campus to pray for those people who have lost their lives, their families, friends and all devastated by this tragedy.


Compassionate God,
we pray for, and remember  those who have lost their lives
in this tragic air disaster.
In your mercy and your tenderness, surround them
and welcome them into your heavenly kingdom .
We hold close to our hearts the families and those whose lives have been devastated by this tragedy.
We ask you to hold them close to your heart and assure them of your love.
For ourselves, we ask for the courage to live in the hope of the resurrection and to recognise your healing presence in our lives.
As we move forward in loving support of one another
may we work towards bringing about peace in our world.
We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Eternal Rest grant to them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them.

Professor Greg Craven