Feast day of St Marcellin Champagnat: Patron Saint of Students, Learning and Teaching 6 June

June 4, 2016 – 5:20 pm
ACULibrary

St Marcellin Champagnat is the ACU patron saint of the Students, Learning and Teaching Portfolio, and the feast day is celebrated on 6 June.

Who was Marcellin Champagnat?

Marcellin Champagnat was born on May 20, 1789, the year of the French Revolution, and died on June 6, 1840. He was a priest of the Society of Mary and the founder of the Little Brothers of Mary, a congregation of brothers devoted to the education of the young. At his canonization in 1999 by Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father said of him, “St Marcellin proclaimed the Gospel with a burning heart. He was sensitive to the spiritual and educational needs of his time, especially to religious indifference and the situations of neglect experienced in a particular way by the young.” – from ACU website

Portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

Portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

What is the Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio?

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) is responsible for areas in the University that centre on activities relating to students, learning and teaching and the staff responsible for their delivery. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching), Professor Anne Cummins has responsibility for….

  • Library
  • Office of Student Success – academic skills, careers, counselling, equity and disability, student advocacy, student associations, campus life
  • Learning and Teaching Centre

So…an essential part of the university that supports students 🙂

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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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ravery,_Portrait_of_Marcellin_Champagnat,_1840.jpg#

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