Student President gains world wide media exposure

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 27-3-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



The President of the Student Association at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus, Patrick Langrell, was recently interviewed on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN – a Catholic television network, broadcast worldwide) during a trip to the United States.

Patrick was in the US for the 53rd Annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. He was attending as an Edmund Burke Fellow with the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.

Throughout the conference he worked with the pro-life and pro-family coalition as a lobbyist and met with the delegations from countries all around the world on issues of concern to life and the family.

“It was really engaging, I was able to discuss pressing topics facing women in a variety of countries, especially in the developing world. There was a large focus on violence against women and equal rights opportunities in work and employment,” said Patrick.

He appeared on EWTN’s ‘Life on the Rock’ segment to discuss his trip and talk about issues that had been raised at the conference. (To listen to this interview go to - http://tinyurl.com/c4ooku )

“I had a great time at the EWTN studio a I was able to discuss World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Theology on Tap, student life at Notre Dame, my work in the USA and my perspective on the Obama administration,” said Patrick.

Whilst in America, Patrick also visited scholars, fellows, and representatives from a variety of think tanks, public policy organisations and levels of Government in Washington DC, New York and New Jersey.

Of particular focus during his visit were issues such as embryonic stem cell research, abortion, marriage and the family.

“It was really interesting hearing everyone’s perspective on the new President Barack Obama and some of his policies. While admiring his ideals in a number of areas, many people I met were critical of lack of a moral foundation in the President’s agenda.”

Media contact:

Moira Saunders 02 8204 4407