Tradition holds that Matthew initially preached the Good News in Aramaic to Jewish communities in Palestine for 15 years. His Gospel is considered to be a work that attempts to build bridges between Jewish and Gentile Christians. Later in his ministry, he travelled to Gentile nations and spread the Good News to the Ethiopians, Macedonians, Persians and Parthians. Islamic tradition holds that Matthew with St Andrew was the first to preach Christianity to the Ethiopians - from ACU website.
What are Patron Saints?
Patron Saints are often touted as those who can intercede in heaven on our behalf, or advocate for a cause. Yet more importantly, our Patron Saints help and inspire us to follow the example of their lives.
At Australian Catholic University (ACU) traditions are important, and to that end, we have decided that the University have a Patron Saint, and that each of the University’s faculties will have a Patron Saint – to help us carry the spirit of faith, learning and justice in all that we do.
These Patron Saints are deemed to be special protectors in a specific area, through either tradition, custom, or by declarations of the Church - ACU website