Feast day of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes: 16 April

April 15, 2015 – 1:08 pm


St Bernadette was only 14-years old when she saw the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at what is now one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world, Lourdes in France.

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes is the patron saint of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“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”.

Want more information about Saint Bernadette of Lourdes? Take a look at one of our online reference books such as The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.

Text and image from: Faculty Patron Saints ACU website

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