The University of Notre Dame Campus Ministry

point of contact
Jessica Langrell - Student Chaplaincy Convenor
location
140 Broadway, Broadway, NSW 2007
phone number
(02) 8204 4135
Fax
(02) 8204 4422
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Campus Ministry at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus supports the Objects and Mission of the University and the Church of Sydney by seeking to create a context of Catholic faith and values within which students learn and the University community formed and developed.

The Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae in reference to the pastoral ministry of a Catholic university says:

“Pastoral ministry is that activity of the University which offers the members of the university community an opportunity to integrate religious and moral principles with their academic study and non-academic activities, thus integrating faith with life.” [ECE, n. 38]

The Campus Ministry team seeks to facilitate this integration of ‘faith with life’ through opportunities where students and staff can experience and express their faith through a variety of liturgies, structured religious education opportunities, practical service experiences, retreats, the Newman Programme for student leadership, counselling and a continuation of the long history of University and Church involvement in fostering the arts and culture. Campus Ministry supports the students and staff of Notre Dame in their efforts to build a Christian faith community.

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UTS, Macquarie, Sydney, and NSW University Chaplaincy

point of contact
Daniel Hill
phone number
9518 6415
Website
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University Catholic Chaplaincy attempts to enhance the Catholic life of the University. We also provide for a deepening of the personal spiritual life for both staff and students and aim to introduce students to a greater appreciation and hunger for their faith by providing an opportunity for them to undertake some missionary activity along the lines of participating in the Sydney Archdiocese’ catechetical programs. That students can take the opportunity to spread the faith through the catechetical ministry is not only advantageous to the students themselves but also to the school students to whom they minister and also to the wider community as a whole.

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Campion College Chaplaincy

point of contact
Fr Luke Holohan - Chaplain
location
8-14 Austin Woodbury Place, Old Toongabbie NSW 2146
phone number
(02) 9896 9300
Fax
(02) 9631 9200
Email

Campion College seeks to educate future leaders by a broad programme of learning in the Liberal Arts, and to evangelise young people through fidelity of mind and heart to the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church. The chaplaincy assists by helping to focus the College and the students on the Mystery of Christ and what the Holy Spirit is asking of the Church today. This is done through the celebration of the Sacraments, Adoration and Prayer, through developing a college culture which is itself a response to the Gospel, by developing a sense of the community of the Church and by enabling students to engage with the Mission of the Church. 

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Universities Students

point of contact
David Chilnicean - Secretary
phone number
0421 956 753
Website
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Australian Catholic Students Association

The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA) is a national organisation of Catholic students from tertiary institutions and colleges, seminaries and houses of Priestly formation, secondary schools and graduates of tertiary institutions within Australia, committed to witnessing the Gospel message of hope as proclaimed by Magisterium and Tradition of the Catholic Church, striving to support and liaise with tertiary institutions, tertiary Catholic organisations, tertiary chaplaincies and schools across Australia; seeking to form and foster close and unifying relationships.

ACSA entrusts itself to Holy Mary, Mother of God under the title “Sedes Sapientiae” (Seat of Wisdom) as assigned by Pope John Paul II as a gift to students in The Great Jubilee Year of 2000.

ACSA is affiliated to the International Movement of Catholic Students Pax Romana and enjoys the support of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

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Antioch

point of contact
Ron Pirola – National Coordinators
location
27 Cuzco Street, South Coogee 2034
phone number
02 9349 1710
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Antioch is a structured spiritual program, bridging school and post-school years and providing an experience of small Christian community within the parish.  For ages 16-22 (and a little older), it begins with a weekend experience and has a strong weekly follow-up. Its vision of Church is one of a community of believers that exists to evangelise (‘May they all be one … that the world may believe’, John 17:21).

Antioch takes its name from the place of one of the first known Christian communities. ‘It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians’ (Acts 11:26). The Antioch program was developed at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA in the 1960s and later adapted for parishes. It was brought to Australia by three teenagers in 1981. From there is has spread to New Zealand, Fiji, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Hungary and Slovakia.

It has four characteristics:

  • Parish-based. It provides a ‘safe place’ within the parish where young people can explore their direction in life and develop their faith within a structured environment.
  • Youth to youth. Youth give the talks, lead the discussion groups and the music ministry. Youth presentation helps to make Church teaching relevant to their peers.
  • Spiritual. Spiritual formation is the focus. There is a relational approach to faith, with emphasis on scripture and the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
  • Adults. Married couples/adults play a vital role, guiding and supporting the youth and workshopping all talks.

Antioch spreads from parish to parish. An interested parish sends a team of ten young people, together with adult supports, to experience a weekend. This is followed by a formation period of 3-6 months during which the new group invites others to join them and, when ready, put on their own weekend. 

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