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Catholic University honours missiology veteran and Chief Justice

The Australian Catholic University (ACU National) yesterday granted honorary doctorates to Columban Fr Cyril Hally, and Chief Justice of the High Court Murray Gleeson AC.

ACU National Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan said Fr Hally's award recognises his outstanding contribution to the cause of global peace and justice.

"The life and ministry of Fr Hally stand as a chronicle of the quest for peace in the 20th Century, of the Mission of the Church in the world, and of the common unity of humanity," said Professor Sheehan.

As well as his extensive teaching in Australia, Fr Hally has conducted seminars in Missiology in the Philippines, Korea, Chile, Peru, Japan, Fiji and Pakistan. He founded the Pacific Mission Institute, offering orientation for religious personnel embarking on cross-cultural activities and developed a national Mission and Justice Education Program. He also founded the South Pacific Association for Mission Studies and remains Chair of the Editorial Committee of its Journal. Fr Hally currently lectures in Missiology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and is a member of the Columban Mission Institute, located within ACU National.

According to a feature in this week's Online Catholics, Fr Hally also currently works with ecumenical peace group, Pax Christi. In that group he has been conspicuous over the issues of Bougainville and Timor, and most recently in opposing Australian military involvement in the American war in Iraq.

Writer Val Noone said Fr Hally "has a sharp mind which he combines with a passion for applying the Christian teachings to the modern world".

"His vast knowledge is based on unusually wide reading. He has no formal postgraduate degree but has spent years keeping abreast with, and introducing students to, current literature especially in anthropology, sociology and missiology."

He was awarded his honorary doctorate at yesterday's 11:00 am Faculty of Education graduation ceremony in Sydney.

Meanwhile Chief Justice Gleeson was awarded his honorary doctorate at the 6pm graduation ceremony alongside graduands from the Faculties of Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences.

"The award recognises the distinguished service Chief Justice Gleeson has made to the law and to the Australian community," said Professor Sheehan. "Throughout his professional and judicial career, Chief Justice Gleeson has brought a luminous intellect and a fundamental integrity to all the tasks before him. He has also demonstrated a sensitive awareness of the relationship between law, morality, ethics and values," he said.

With an array of accomplishments to his name, Chief Justice Gleeson held the offices of Chief Justice (appointed in 1988) and Lieutenant Governor (appointed in 1989) until his appointment to the High Court as Chief Justice of Australia in May 1998. In 1986 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to law. In 1992 Chief Justice Gleeson was made a Companion of the Order for services to law and to the Crown, and in 2000 he was awarded the Centenary Medal.

At the evening ceremony, the University Medal will be presented to Sarah Jean Wright, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) First Class graduate. The award is presented to the best performing student, who has qualified for a Bachelor's degree with first class honours and has shown outstanding merit in their work for their degree.

ACU National is Australia's only public Catholic university with campuses in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat and Melbourne.

ACU National honours Fr Hally and Chief Justice Gleeson (Australian Catholic University 30/3/05)
Cyril Hally: a dramatic voice at crucial moments (Online Catholics 30/3/05)

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Current Members of the High Court - Chief Justice Gleeson
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32 Apr 2005