His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell AC


043ecbaaae6549cba8e37ea15ebdf83a-717x450Cardinal George Pell AC was born in Ballarat on 8 June 1941. The Cardinal has a
Doctorate in Patristics from Oxford and a Masters of Education from Australia. Made a
Bishop in 1987 he became subsequently Archbishop of Melbourne and from 2001 until
2014 served as Archbishop of Sydney. He was created a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in 2003 and has served on many Vatican Congregations and Committees.
In 2014 he was asked by Pope Francis to become the first Prefect of the newly created Secretariat for the Economy which oversees the finances in the Holy See and the Vatican City State.Particularly interested in education, Cardinal Pell is a long-time Richmond supporter who signed to play football with Richmond during the last year of school at St. Pat’s Ballarat in 1959. He made the difficult choice to forgo this to study for the Catholic priesthood for his Diocese of Ballarat.


“ACSA is a sign of hope and vitally important for the future of Christian values in Australia. I am very proud of my small part in the reestablishment of this life-giving force. God speed.” – George Cardinal Pell, Prefect, Secretariat for the Economy.


Professor Tracey Rowland ODM



Professor Tracey Rowland is the Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne. She holds two doctorates in theology – the PhD from the Divinity School of the University of Cambridge and the Pontifical STD degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute located at the Lateran University in Rome.  She also holds the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (“STL”) from the Lateran University, a Master of Arts in political philosophy, a Bachelor of Letters in general philosophy and a Graduate Diploma in Modern Languages all from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Laws (“LLB”) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degrees from the University of Queensland and a Diploma in Educational Studies from the University of London.

Professor Rowland is a Fellow of the College of Teachers of the University of London, an Honorary Fellow of Campion College, Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Notre Dame (Australia).  In 2014 she was appointed a Member of the International Theological Commission.

She is the author of over 100 publications in the field of contemporary Catholic theology, especially theological anthropology, including three books: Culture and the Thomist Tradition: after Vatican II (Routledge: London, 2003); Ratzinger’s Faith (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: T & T Clark, 2010).  A fourth book entitled Doing Catholic Theology is due for publication in late 2016.

In 2010 she was awarded the Archbishop J. Michael Miller award for the Integration of Faith, Culture and Life from the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas and in 2012 she was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.  In 2016 she delivered the prestigious Cardinal Winning Memorial Lecture at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.


‘It is an honour to be a Patron of the Australian Catholic Students Association which was founded by the late and great Fr Gregory Jordan SJ who was interested in everything from theology to music and drama, current affairs, fashion styles and courtship practices.  He was a case study in urbanity.  There are rarely times in life which are as adventurous as one’s undergraduate student years.  The quality of the adventures depends in large measure on the quality of one’s friends.  Fr Jordan’s beloved ACSA is a place to make life-long friends and have some memorable adventures while deepening one’s understanding and practice of the Catholic faith”. – Professor Tracey Rowland.