REPRESENTATIVES from three Catholic tertiary institutions, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Toowoomba’s Bishop Robert McGuckin shared their wisdom at this year’s Australian Catholic Students Association Conference last weekend.
Bishop McGuckin spoke on the Year of Faith and said young people shared in the Church’s mission to teach the faith to others.
“I believe all of you, teachers especially, who have a care and a concern for young people, share in the office of the Church to teach the faith,” he said.
Holy Cross Father Bill Miscamble, a professor and chaplain at the University of Notre Dame, USA, said Catholic universities were at a high risk of losing their Catholic identity.
“We are linked to the institutional Church – we shouldn’t hide it, we should be proud of it,” he said.
“I sense a new generation is coming to the fore who will help with the renewal of Catholic education institutions.”
Fr Miscamble said a vocation as a university professor was “crucial”, and said it was not just a career path, but also “a way to live out your Christian calling”.
“Who will bring the Catholicity if not you?” he said.
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