CAMPUS Ministry has been at the heart of Australian Catholic University from the university’s foundation a quarter of a century ago.
Keeping that focus alive and relevant is a challenge for any organisation, and ACU is adapting to the rapid growth of students and staff on campus with renewed vigour.
The university has introduced a new model of Campus Ministry, creating a number of key pastoral roles on each of the seven campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Ballarat and Adelaide.
Director of Identity and Mission Father Anthony Casamento said that five years of expansion meant rethinking how Campus Ministry was delivered across the university.
“Under the new structure we can provide specialised pastoral support for students and staff,” he said.
“There will be a stronger national presence and a specific focus on arranging engaging activities and events to enhance the overall student and staff experience on each campus.”
The new model provides a direct approach to students and staff, and draws from the latest developments in tertiary ministry from some of the leading Catholic universities in the world.
Campus Ministry staff, along with chaplains (Catholic priests and permanent deacons), on each campus will be better placed to provide vibrant, relevant, and engaging campus ministry delivery on each campus.
Fr Casamento said maintaining contemporary opportunities for staff and student formation in the Catholic intellectual tradition was an ongoing commitment.
“We strive to provide a mission that is socially engaging, and that includes ACU’s international and multi-faith community. To keep it relevant to people’s lives and support professional and student development, we aim to keep it personally enriching and respectful of the dignity that each person brings to the University,” he said.
As a proudly Catholic university, ACU encourages students to explore mission-focused activities, church-related professions and religious vocations, their relevance to ACU’s graduate attributes, together with staff and students’ own personal vocational choices.