Prime Minister attends ACU's 25th anniversary Mass

Published: Wednesday 5th August 2015


Prime Minister Tony Abbott was among the distinguished guests at the Australian Catholic University's 25th Anniversary Mass which was held at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney last week.

Among other eminent Australians who attended the Mass was John Dawkins AO, former Federal Minister of Education in the Hawke Government whose reforms to tertiary education in the late 1980s and early 1990s helped lead to the founding for Australia's first public Catholic university.

Chancellor of ACU, John Fahey AC, the former Premier of NSW and former Federal Minister of Finance in the Howard Government, welcomed the Prime Minister and distinguished guests as they arrived at the Cathedral where more than 400 professors, academics, students, former students from ACU along with business and political leaders had gathered for the University's 25th Anniversary Mass.

The Mass was celebrated by the President of Australian Catholic University Ltd, the Most Rev Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne.

One of the highlights of the evening was the ACU Anniversary Mass, a setting heard for the first time at the Mass. Composed by Roger Hillman from the University's Ballarat Campus, the Mass was performed and sung by the combined ACU Student Choir.