Cardinal George Pell welcomes new cohort of students to the School of Medicine

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 13-2-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, recently welcomed the second cohort of medicine students to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus at the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony.

The Blessing of the Hands is held every year for each new cohort. It includes prayer for the students and seeks blessing, strength and wisdom for them as they go out into their clinical placements.

The Cardinal conducted the ceremony at Sacred Heart Church on the Darlinghurst Campus with students, their families, staff and other members of the medical profession.

He individually blessed each new medical student’s hands and told them to embark on their clinical careers with God’s blessing and with compassion in their hearts.

The Cardinal preached on compassion and wisdom, respect for all human life and for the family. Dean of Medicine, Professor Julie Quinlivan, said the blessing prepares students spiritually for the experiences they will have whist studying and as future doctors.

“As students go out to clinical settings we want them to think about not just the scientific side of medical practice, but also the rich Catholic ethic of care and compassion. To celebrate this, the University holds the Blessing of the Hands ceremony,” said Professor Quinlivan.

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