Catholic students choose cardinal and academic as patrons

A national body of tertiary students this week announces that Cardinal George Pell and Dr Tracey Rowland from The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family will be the inaugural national patrons of the student body.

The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA) unanimously endorsed the appointments as the organisation prepares to enter its 60th year since being founded as the University Catholic Federation of Australia.

"Cardinal Pell and Dr Tracey Rowland have had a strong relationship with the Association for many years. Every year when they attend the Conference they are met with standing applause. It is a great honour for all students, graduates and seminarians that they join as being our patrons." President Daniel Hill said.

"Dr Tracey Rowland was once involved with the Association as a student in the 1970s and it is wonderful for her now to be recognised in this way. This is also a massive endorsement of Cardinal Pell and all he stands for.

"Across the nation, tertiary groups so warmly receive him and we continue to stand in great debt for his amazing work in bringing World Youth Day to Sydney", he said.

Secretary Joanna Hayes said: "As many students of our nation return to their studies they do so with two of Australia's finest people as Patrons of an open, inclusive and accessible association for and by students."

Dr Tracey Rowland, in accepting the patronage, said: "I am very honoured to be invited to be a patron…the work of your Association is one of the most important works in the life of the Church today."

Cardinal and leading Melbourne academic embraced as Patrons of National Student Body (Australian Catholic Students Association 13/3/06)

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Australian Catholic Students Association
Dr Tracey Rowland (John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family - Melbourne)
Cardinal George Pell (Archdiocese of Sydney)

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14 Mar 2006