Sydney Campus’ School of Medicine celebrates inaugural ‘Blessing of the Hands’

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 7-11-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The School of Medicine at The University’s Sydney Campus recently held its inaugural ‘Blessing of the Hands’ ceremony.

The ceremony was held during Sunday mass in the Sacred Heart Church on the Darlinghurst Campus. Over 60 students, as well as academic staff and members of the medical profession, attended.

The annual event prays for the medical students and seeks blessing, strength and wisdom for them as they go out into their clinical placements.

His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, conducted the blessing and gave the homily.

Dean of Medicine, Professor Julie Quinlivan, said the blessing prepares students spiritually for the experiences they will have as students and as future doctors.

“As students go out to clinical settings we want them to think about both the scientific as well as the art and compassion of medical practice. To celebrate this, the University holds the ‘Blessing of the Hands ceremony.”

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