Students discuss faith with Cardinal Pell

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 6-6-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Sixteen students from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus recently had dinner with His Eminence Cardinal George Pell to discuss issues involving faith in today’s society.

The dinner was organised by the University’s new leadership initiative, the Newman and St Luke student groups (which aim to nurture the spiritual and civic awareness of future community leaders within the student body).

Third year education student and Newman program member, Michael Polson said everyone enjoyed spending time with Cardinal Pell and discussing important matters openly with him.

“We really appreciated the ease with which we could raise any matter with the Cardinal and get his opinion,” said Mr Polson.

The ‘Dinner with a Guest Speaker’ series is just one of the events the two leadership groups organise throughout the year. Other projects include an annual retreat, commitment to a social justice or community project and a mentoring program.

First year medical student and St Luke representative, Samuel Birch, said he valued the opportunity to be part of this project.

“Notre Dame is not only recognising future civic, educational and religious leaders within the student body, but also actively doing something about forming us to be leaders who make a difference from a Christian perspective.”

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