Cardinal George Pell welcomes new cohort of students to the School of Medicine

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 5-3-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, welcomed the third cohort of medicine students to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus at the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony.

The Blessing of the Hands is held every year for each new cohort. The Cardinal prays with and for the students as future healers.

The Cardinal celebrated the liturgy at Sacred Heart Church on the Darlinghurst Campus with students, their families, staff and other members of the medical profession.

He individually blessed the medical student’s hands and told each to embark on their clinical careers with God’s blessing and with compassion in their hearts.

Cardinal Pell acknowledged the impact Notre Dame Medicine students will have on the health care system, as they strive for excellence throughout their studies and apply the Church’s mission of compassion and respect for human life in all the work they do.

The Dean of Medicine, Professor Gerard Carroll, also addressed the congregation. He said the Blessing underlines that the medical profession is more than just a job, it is a vocation.

“In attending to patients, each one of us is given the opportunity to serve others and the whole community. The Blessing of the Hands emphasises this and demonstrates the spiritual side to working in the health profession.”

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