Commissioning of the 2018 Student Association leaders
Published: Wednesday 7th March 2018
A message from the Associate Vice-Chancellor (Victoria), Dr John Ballard:
Having survived week one of semester we held our Campus Commencement Mass yesterday, celebrated by Fr Michael Kong and Fr Joe McKay OFM, to commission our new St Patrick’s Student Association and Postgraduate Association leadership teams.
Strong and vibrant student leadership is vital to ensuring the quality of the university experience of our students and we came together as a campus community to recognise and pray for those who will exercise key responsibilities on this campus throughtout the remainder of this year.
Our Chapel was full and the ceremony was augmented by the music and the presence of our recently arrived ‘FX’team.
I wish to welcome the FX team members to St. Patrick’s and more broadly to ACU. They are:
Ms Evronia Allan – Lismore, NSW
Mr Matthew Campbell – Nova Scotia, Canada
Mr Luke Daly – Dublin, Ireland
Ms Allison Knowles – Kansas, USA
Ms Chelsea Lah-youn – Brisbane, QLD
The FX Team (FX = Francis Xavier) volunteer full time in Campus Ministry. They are the university branch from NET Ministries, a Catholic peer-to-peer youth ministry based in Brisbane. NET attracts young people (18-30 years) from all over the world who want to volunteer a year of their life to witness the Gospel and minister to the youth of Australia. This is the second year that St. Patrick’s has had full-time FX volunteers working in Campus Ministry at ACU.
Part of their volunteering at ACU includes organizing and facilitation of 11 Connect Groups on campus each week. These small groups are focused on faith formation and community building, facilitating five retreats a year, hosting regular social and faith events, and serving and providing music for prayers and liturgies on campus. Team members are of a similar age to our students and aim to engage with students generally, through regular one on one catch-ups and/or through pastoral support.
This year our student numbers are marginally up on last year and we now have over 11,000 students on campus.
The place is still abuzz with the excitement of the early weeks of semester. There will be much to engage both our association leaders and the FX team as we navigate what will be our busiest year.