ACU’s Dr Bernadette Tobin AO and Terence Tobin QC were recently made, respectively, Dame and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great.
Bernadette said she was very surprised and greatly honoured to receive the award.
“Two things made the occasion especially memorable,” Bernadette said.
“Amongst the other conferees was my husband Terry. In addition, it was such a pleasure to ‘share the stage’ with my friends and colleagues, three Sisters of Charity, from St Vincent’s Hospital. Sr Andrea, Sr Jacinta and Sr Sesarina each received the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.”
Bernadette is the founding director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics, a joint centre of St Vincent’s Health Australia, NSW Facilities and Calvary Health Care, and Reader in Philosophy in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Bernadette was recognised for her service in medical ethics and her leadership of a range of health and research organisations.
Terence is an Adjunct Professor within the Thomas More Law School. He was honoured for his commitment to higher education in Australia and in the Middle East and his work as President of the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need.
He said: “Given my association for over 30 years with the University of Notre Dame Australia, Bethlehem University and most recently with ACU, the award seems to be a wonderful recognition of the role of Catholic Universities at home and abroad”.
Bernadette and Terence were among seven Sydney Catholics presented with Papal awards for outstanding service by Archbishop Anthony Fisher earlier this year.
The Papal Order of Saint Gregory is one of five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. It was originally founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 and is awarded to acknowledge an individual’s services to the church.