Feast Day of Saint Edith Stein: Patron Saint of Research

August 7, 2015 – 1:50 pm
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This Sunday, 9 August is celebrated as the Feast Day of St Edith Stein, who is the ACU Patron Saint of Research.

A brilliant philosopher and academic who stopped believing in God when she was 14. Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of St Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism in 1922. Twelve years later she imitated Teresa by becoming a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. After living in the Cologne Carmel (1934-38), she moved to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands. The Nazis occupied that country in 1940. In retaliation for being denounced by the Dutch bishops, the Nazis arrested all Dutch Jews who had become Christians. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on 9 August 1942. [from ACU website]

photo of Edith Stein

Edith Stein c.1935

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.

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Edith Stein / Photo / C.1935. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/images/109_127143

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