ACU Vice-Chancellor Appointed to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 Dec 2015

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven appointed to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great

In an investiture ceremony attended by family and colleagues of Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven on Sunday 6 December, the Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP installed Professor Craven in the ancient Order of Knighthood of the Holy See.

Professor Craven was appointed to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great for services to the Catholic Church in Australia, one of the Vatican's highest honours. Only six other Australians have received this honour.

In his speech, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke of the many years of dedicated and faithful service that Professor Craven has given, not only to the advancement of Catholic higher education in Australia through his work, firstly at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle and more recently at ACU, but also to the many and varied ways that he has leant his wisdom and intellect to the Church more generally through service on numerous advisory boards and committees, including the National Catholic Education Commission and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Archbishop Anthony said Professor Craven encapsulated the true spirit of the Second Vatican Council and its call for greater lay collaboration in the mission of the Church. He noted that it was no coincidence that Professor Craven was awarded his Papal Knighthood in the same week that Gaudium et spes, the Vatican II document on lay collaboration, celebrated its 50th anniversary.

"Greg Craven is an immensely gifted man, a man of faith, a loyal son of Christ; a distinguished exemplar of Vatican II's teaching about role of Catholic laity in the world," the Archbishop said. 

Professor Craven responded that he was astonished, humbled and grateful to receive the award.

"The thing that pleases me most is that the award really marks not anything I personally have done but the emergence of ACU in its 25th year as one of the leading Catholic universities in the world."

Pope Gregory XVI established the Order of St Gregory the Great in 1831. It is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See, and is bestowed upon Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Catholic Church through their work, their support of the Holy See, and their exemplary faith in action in their communities. The motto of the Order of St. Gregory the Great is "Pro Deo et Principe" (For God and Ruler).

Professor Craven commenced as Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU) in February 2008. His appointment to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great is the latest in a long line of achievements and honours as a result of his long-standing service to the Australian community and the Catholic Church.