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St Mary's Cathedral Mass Celebrates ACU's 25th Anniversary

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
28 Jul 2015

Handcrafted in sterling silver ACU's Mace features floral designs representing campuses in the ACT and three Eastern States

Australia Catholic University's beautifully-crafted sterling silver ceremonial Mace will have its first public outing tomorrow when it will be carried ahead of ACU Chancellor, John Fahey AC in the procession signalling the start of the University's 25th Anniversary Mass to be held tomorrow afternoon at St Mary's Cathedral.The Mace will be carried by Kathryn Blyth, Academic Registrar and ACU Director of Student Administration.

Originally a weapon, universities adopted the ceremonial Mace as a symbol of the power of the academic quest for truth and wisdom and as a symbol of institutional authority.

Kathryn Blyth, Academic Registrar and Director, Student Administration and Chancellor John Fahey admire the new ACU Mace

Commissioned by the University, the ACU Mace has been created by Australia's oldest traditional silversmiths, W J Saunders & Co, the Mace which features ornate floral designs and high detail relief, representing the foundation of ACU and its campuses in Victoria, NSW and Queensland as well as the ACT, was blessed on Friday last week during a Senate Mass at ACU's Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel, North Sydney.

Tomorrow's Anniversary Mass will also feature another first when the "ACU Anniversary Mass," composed by Roger Hillman from the University's the Ballarat Campus is performed and sung by the combined ACU Student Choir.

The Archbishop of Melbourne and President of Australian Catholic University Ltd, the Most Rev Denis Hart will be principal celebrant at ACU's Mass celebrating 25 years since the University's founding.  In addition, concelebrants at the Mass will include the Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane; the Most Rev Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay; Bishop Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney; the Rev Dr Gerry Gleeson, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Sydney; Rev Professor Gerard Kelly, President the Catholic Institute of Sydney; Monsignor William Mullins, Process Instructor with the Archdiocese of Sydney; Father Kelvin Lovegrove, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of Sydney; Father Anthony Bernard, ACU Chaplain and Parish Priest of Camperdown; Fr Anthony Casamento CSMA, Director of Identity and Mission at ACU; Fr Peter Williams, Diocesan Administrator of Parramatta. 

A Mass to Commemorate ACU's 25th anniversary will be held at St Mary's Cathedral on Wednesday, 29 July

Acknowledgement of Country will be by Jane Ceolin, ACU Director, First Peoples and Equity Pathways.

Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven who will be part of the procession walking behind Chancellor, John Fahey, will give a vote of thanks at the Mass.

Among the hundreds of attendees will be professors, staff, students, researchers and alumni. Also there will be ACU's Campus Ministry's Deacon Tony Hoban.

The silver embossed Mace will play a central role in the life of ACU. Not only will the Mace be present at all future Senate meetings as a symbol of Authority of the Chancellor and the Senate, but will be carried ahead of the Chancellor at all future graduation ceremonies.

When not in use, the Mace will be displayed in the Apostolic Delegation Room in the Vice-Chancellery building at ACU's North Sydney campus.

Although no longer used, ACU's previous Mace will be retained and become a permanent exhibit in the ACU history showcase.

The Mass at St Mary's Cathedral to celebrate ACU's 25th Anniversary since its founding will be begin at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 29 July. All are welcome to attend.

Photographs of Mace by Raymond Ohanesian

Fr Anthony Casamento presents the new Mace to ACU Chancellor John Fahey AC during a Senate Mass on Friday last week