Notre Dame acknowledges major contribution from staff and supporters

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 19-12-2007

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

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People who have made outstanding contributions to The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), were acknowledged at a special awards ceremony recently.

The event, held at the start of the end-of-year graduation weekend, recognised staff and supporters of Notre Dame who have helped the development and life of the University.

An honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was given to Sister Cecilia Masterson SJG for her outstanding service to her congregation, the Sisters of St John of God (SJOG), to the SJOG health care system, to the Catholic Church in Australia and for her support in the establishment of Notre Dame.

Rev Monsignor Michael Keating, UNDA trustee, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws for his distinguished and significant contribution to the priesthood, to parish life and the Church in the Archdiocese of Perth. It was also awarded for his exceptional service to, and support of the University as one of its founders.

Monsignor Keating said he was extremely thankful in accepting this degree and was grateful to have played a part in the extraordinary development of Notre Dame.

“For me it has been a labour of love, as we have gone through moments of great achievement and great challenge. I have always felt the hand of God in this enterprise. Many minor and major miracles have been a part of this journey” said Monsignor Keating.

Distinguished Service Medals were awarded to Professor Mary McComish, Professor Peter Dallimore, Professor Don Watts and Professor Simon Adams.

Vice Chancellor, Dr Peter Tannock, said these people have and continue to be extremely committed to Notre Dame’s growth and progress, playing dedicated roles in the development of the academic community in Fremantle.

19th December 2007

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