Feast Day of Saint Mary Mackillop: 8 August

Monday, August 8th, 2016

On the 8th of August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, our university patron saint. Mary Mackillop has special significance for staff and students at ACU. 
Born on 15 January 1842 in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, directly opposite the University's Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's), she dedicated her life to works ...

Feast day of Saint Thomas More: Patron Saint of Faculty of Law and Business 22 June

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The patron for the Faculty of Law is Saint Thomas More and the feast day is celebrated on 22 June. Saint Thomas More born in 1478, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He opposed Henry VIII of England’s separation from the Catholic Church and in ...

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

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

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 ...

Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker : 1 May

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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 ...

Feast day Saint Thomas Aquinas: 28 January

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Thursday, 28th January is the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Saint Thomas Aquinas is the Patron Saint of our Ballarat (Aquinas) Campus. A Dominican Friar, Thomas Aquinas was a renowned theological scholar. He is most noted for writing the Summa Theologica. As a comprehensive statement of thought on all the Christian ...

Feast day Saint Albert the Great: 15 November

Monday, November 9th, 2015

This Sunday, 15th November is the feast day of Saint Albert the Great. Saint Albert the Great is one of the patron saints of The Faculty of Education and Arts. A Dominican Friar, Albert was a scientist long before the age of science, and an adviser to popes, bishops, kings, and ...

Feast day Blessed John Henry Newman: 9 October

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Blessed John Henry Newman is the patron saint of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. The 19th century's most important English-speaking Roman Catholic academic and theologian. He was also a priest, popular preacher and writer. 
Relics of Blessed John Henry Newman are interred in the altars in the Chapels on ...

Feast day Saint Matthew: 21 September

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Tradition holds that Matthew initially preached the Good News in Aramaic to Jewish communities in Palestine for 15 years. His Gospel is considered to be a work that attempts to build bridges between Jewish and Gentile Christians. Later in his ministry, he travelled to Gentile nations and spread the Good ...

Mary MacKillop Feast Day

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Saturday 8 August is the Feast of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop). St Mary MacKillop is our university patron. From the ACU website: "St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) believed that we should never see a need without doing something about it, so hopefully her enthusiastic love for life and ...

Feast Day of Saint Edith Stein: Patron Saint of Research

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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 ...