Eucharist marks commencement of Medical School

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 21-2-2005

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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To mark the commencement of the School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame Australia joined with the Catholic Doctors Association to celebrate the Eucharist.

The Mass, celebrated in the University’s Holy Spirit Chapel, was presided over by Archbishop Barry Hickey with concelebrants Notre Dame Chaplain, Father Greg Watson omi, and Dean of Theology, Father Dennis Rochford msc.

The Catholic Doctors Association is based at the LJ Goody Bioethics Centre and aims to promote a Catholic perspective in health care. It was established in 1987 and has around 100 members.

Secretary of the Catholic Doctors Association, Dr Michael Shanahan said, “We are very supportive of Notre Dame’s Medical School and are pleased to see that they are reinforcing their Catholic mission in health”.

“Notre Dame will educate doctors who are not only skilful and knowledgeable but compassionate and supportive of the dignity of their patients”, he said.

Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Tannock said, “The opening of the Medical School is a most significant milestone in the development of the University. The Mass was a wonderful way to give thanks for all the hard work done by so many dedicated people to make the medical school a reality; and to ask God’s blessing on its students and staff.”

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