Feast Day of Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle: 7 April

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The 7th of April is the Feast Day of Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle who is one of the patron saints of the Faculty of Education and Arts. A French priest and educational reformer who dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the education of the children of the ...

Feast day Saint Albert the Great: 15 November

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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 statesmen. He is one of only 35 Doctors of the Church. What are ...

Feast day Blessed John Henry Newman: 9 October

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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 ...

Patron saint of librarians: St Jerome 30 September

Monday, September 29th, 2014

30 September is the Feast Day of St Jerome - the patron saint of translators, booklovers, librarians and encyclopedists. St Jerome (c342-420) was a priest, confessor, theologian and historian. He is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate). Further information on St Jerome available from our ...

Feast day Saint Matthew: 21 September

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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 8th, 2014

Friday 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 9 August

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The 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 ...

Feast day Saint Thomas More: 22 June

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Thomas More 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 1535 was tried for treason and beheaded. What are Patron Saints? Patron Saints are often touted as those who can intercede in heaven on our ...

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

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

May 1 is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, who is the ACU Patron Saint of Corporate Services. 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 ...