Call for new breed of students to challenge secular culture

Over 200 students from across Australia travelled to Sydney to attend last month's Australian Catholic Students Association Conference, which resolved to create a "Catholic Culture" on the country's secular tertiary campuses.

The Conference, held at St John's College at the University of Sydney (pictured), took the theme 'Be Not Afraid'. Speakers included Fr John Fleming, President of Campion College and Director of the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, Dr Tracey Rowland, Dean of the John Paul II Institute and Dr David Daintree, Rector of St John's College.

Fr Fleming, speaking at the academic dinner attended by Cardinal George Pell, challenged students to see a greater connection between faith and reason shedding light on the relevance of the Church's teachings to their particular field of studies. Sydney's Auxiliary Bishop, Anthony Fisher, in his homily for Saturday's Mass called on students to seek wisdom and congratulated the students on their dedication to the work of ACSA.

ACSA National President Daniel Hill said, "The mission of ACSA is to support and encourage Catholic students in the spiritual, intellectual, pastoral, and human development of their faith, in seeking to build a Catholic culture to bear
witness to the truth, in both word and action."

"The ACSA absolutely supports the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, and expresses its fidelity to the Magisterium and The Holy Father, through active participation in the life and the mission of the Church in the work of the new evangelisation. It also joyfully and enthusiastically promotes and propagates the social teaching of the Church."

National Catholic Body Calls for New Breed of Students to Challenge Secular Culture (Australian Catholic Students Association 2/8/05)

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Australian Catholic Students Association

3 Aug 2005