Notre Dame hosts world renowned Icon

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 20-3-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus currently has the honour of welcoming the Icon of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom to Australia.

The Icon was received during Mass, hosted in St Benedict’s Church, at the University’s Broadway Campus.

Pope John Paul II commissioned the vibrant mosaic in 2000 and entrusted it to the Catholic universities of the world. The Icon has traveled to numerous countries and universities for the last nine years and will be based at Notre Dame whilst in Australia.

The visit is a joint activity, organised by the Australian Catholic Students Association, The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Chaplaincy and Notre Dame.

UNSW Chaplain, Daniel Hill said the icon’s visit helps students from universities all over the country to unite in their search for truth in their academic fields and daily life.

“This visit is an inspiration to students and lecturers around the country. It will help them strive for the wisdom that comes from being open to and searching for the truth,” said Mr Hill.

The welcoming Mass was celebrated by Bishop Anthony Fisher OP. Notre Dame medicine student, Nathan Essey and education student, Chris Cox, helped carry the Icon during the procession. Law student, Jessica Langrell, was also in the procession, along with students from universities all around Sydney.

Notre Dame Convenor of Chaplaincy Services, Anthony Gordon, said it is a great honour for the University to have the Icon on Campus.

“Hosting this beautiful icon is particularly significant, as Notre Dame Seat of Wisdom is our patroness.

“Anyone can come into St Benedict’s Church to visit and venerate the Icon during its stay. We hope that Our Lady’s icon will inspire staff, students, parishioners and visitors,” said Mr Gordon.

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