Ethics, Faith and Society focus for Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 28-1-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Faith, Ethics and Society are the focus for a new research Centre for private Catholic university, The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, announced today the opening of the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society based at the University’s Sydney Campus.

The Centre’s purpose is to promote the study of Catholic intellectual tradition and moral tradition, with a particular focus on faith and ethics and their application and integration into the broader life of society. Given the University’s commitment to the complementarily of faith and reason, the use of reason in the context of the Catholic tradition will ground the Centre’s capacity to contribute positively to public debate on social issues.

Professor Hammond said that though the Centre is physically based in Sydney, its reach will be University wide.

“This is an exciting development for Notre Dame, and one which lies at the heart of our mission to be a truly great Catholic University,” said Professor Hammond.

The Centre’s main objectives are to inform and support the teaching of ethics through all Schools and to promote and undertake research into professional and social ethics.

Philosophy and Theology lecturer, Associate Professor Sandra Lynch, has been appointed the Centre’s inaugural Director.

“The Centre will help to facilitate students’ engagement in the ethical dimensions of their prospective professions with the aim that they enter the working world with a coherent and practical framework within which to address both professional and social issues.

“Our aspirations are for the development of a lively research culture which guides practice and contributes to the distinctive character of Notre Dame,” said Associate Professor Lynch.

Inquiries about the Centre can be directed to:

Associate Professor Sandra Lynch School of Philosophy and Theology The University of Notre Dame Australia 104 Broadway (PO Box 944) Broadway NSW 2007 Email: slynch@nd.edu.au Phone: (02) 8204 4185

Media contact:

Moira Saunders 02 8204 4407