Friday, September 23, 2016

Pope appoints ACU Vice-Chancellor to Vatican education role

Professor Greg CravenPope Francis has appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, Greg Craven, as a Consultor to the Holy See’s Congregation of Catholic Education – the Vatican dicastery that oversees Catholic education around the world.

In making the appointment, announced yesterday, the Pope has recognised the considerable leadership, knowledge, and experience that Professor Craven brings to the Congregation, particularly in the higher education sector.

President of Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Australian Catholic University Ltd, Archbishop Denis Hart, said Professor Craven encapsulated the true spirit of Vatican II and its call for greater lay collaboration in the mission of the Church.

“Greg Craven is an immensely gifted man, a man of faith, a loyal son of Christ; he has given many years of dedicated and faithful service to the advancement of Catholic education in Australia,” Archbishop Hart said.

“He has been involved in the university sector for more than 15 years and has lent his wisdom to the Church through service on advisory boards and committees such as the National Catholic Education Commission and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

“I am eager to see what he will achieve in this new role.”

Professor Craven said this appointment was both a great honour and an outstanding opportunity. “Catholic universities and schools bring tremendous value to communities and to education.

“Catholic education has a rich intellectual tradition spanning 2000 years and I look forward to joining a Congregation that draws on the best of rigorous academic and intellectual foundations, and from core Catholic values,” he said.

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