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AquinasProfessor Anthony Kelly CCsR delivering the 2009 Aquinas Lecture.

Catholic identity explored at 2009 Aquinas Lecture

Australian Catholic University (ACU) this week hosted the 2009 Aquinas Lecture series, entitled Catholic Identity:  Lost and Found? at the Brisbane Campus.

Professor Anthony Kelly CSsR, Lecturer in Theology at the University's Canberra Campus and Deputy Director of the Institute of Catholic Identity and Mission, delivered the lecture and asked the audience what difference it made to have and affirm a Catholic identity.

Attended by over 60 guests and VIPs, the lecture looked at various themes, including the dimensions of Catholic identity and basic theological factors.

Professor Kelly CSsR concluded the lecture by stating, "Catholic faith is an anvil that has outlasted many hammers. Even in times of stress and pressure it shapes an identity and inspires a vocation that can make the Church a sacrament of life for the world."

The Lecture also featured responses from Madonna McGahan, Executive Director Mission Leadership at the Mater Hospital, and Mike Byrne, Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC).

Jim Graham, Brisbane Campus and Aquinas Library Manager, said the Aquinas Lecture series was a historical event dating back to 1944.

"The first Lecture, Aquinas and Modern Practices of Interest Taking, was presented in March of 1944 by Mr John P. Kelly, who was a foundation member and first Chairman of the Aquinas Library," said Jim.

The library itself was established in 1933 by the Christian Brothers Old Boys Association, with the intent to make available Catholic literature on all subjects of the Faith.

ACU's Brisbane Campus was given responsibility of the Aquinas Library and its holdings in 1991 by the Archbishop of Brisbane, The Most Rev. F. R. Rush.

"The Aquinas Library now forms the core of ACU's historical collection, which is being further developed as a historical resource for the Catholic Church," said Jim.

More information on past Aquinas Lectures can be found at http://www.acu.edu.au/library/find_out/aculibrary/digital/Aquinas/.