Feast day of St Marcellin Champagnat: 6 June

June 6, 2017 – 11:28 am
Portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

Portrait of Marcellin Champagnat

June 6 is the Feast Day of Marcellin Champagnat, who is the ACU Patron Saint of the Students, Learning and Teaching Portfolio.

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

What is the Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio?

The Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio incorporates areas of the University which focus on activities relating to students, learning and teaching. This includes:

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

These services are an essential part of the University that support students.


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