Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker: 1 May

April 30, 2015 – 12:31 pm

May 1 is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, who is the ACU Patron Saint of Corporate Services. So let’s thank the lovely staff on all campuses who do such a brilliant job maintaining and enhancing our campus spaces.

The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianise the concept of labor and give to all workers a model and a protector. By the daily labor in his workshop – offered to God with patience and joy – St. Joseph provided for Mary and Jesus, and so became an example to all labourers on the dignity and value of work as part of the human condition.

The naming of Patron Saints for Professional staff areas serves to further embed the University’s mission and identity, by drawing on the strengths and experiences of prominent Catholics and aligning them with relevant University functions.

The Patron Saints provide a spiritual link to the role each area of the University plays in serving our Mission.


Image credit:
Altarpiece Of St Joseph The Worker, By Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988). Chapel Of The North Aisle, Basilica Of St Lawrence, Florence. Italy, 20th Century.. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/images/126_133480

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