Grounded in the university's Catholic identity and the charisms of our foundation religious communities, Campus Ministry's outreach embraces people of all faith traditions.

Each campus has a team dedicated to the wellbeing of staff and students; meaning that we are here for you. Whether you're interested in a particular event or if you'd just like to talk to someone, our door is always open.

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Laura Hants, student ministry assistant
Laura Hants embodies openness to opportunity
Second year Bachelor of Nursing student, Laura Hants, is a walking advertisement for Frontier, the national volunteer program within Campus Ministry.

Laura grew up in Yass and completed her schooling in Canberra so the capital was an obvious choice for university. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and this calling grew stronger throughout my high school years.

“I loved the strong sense of community at ACU evident on Orientation Day and when I had the opportunity to attend a practical day where I trialed some of the courses. ACU has met all my expectations and the transition to university life was so smooth.”

An early offer to attend university through the Community Achiever Program (CAP) led Laura to meet Canberra Campus Ministry Pastoral Associate Greg.

“By the start of Semester 2 I was keen to be involved in some of the events Campus Ministry was offering. Everyone was so welcoming, and I was able to meet many new and wonderful people.”

A variety of activities is available at each campus. “I was excited to deepen my faith and explore everything Campus Ministry had to offer. This encouraged me to apply for Frontier Silver so I could be more involved in planning events and be a part of a team helping to support students in the community.”

Frontier is the national volunteer program within Campus Ministry, operating at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Frontier students serve in the areas of liturgy, music ministry, event management, community engagement and communication and promotion of campus events and opportunities.

Laura explains, “Frontier involves having a strong presence within university life and allows you to support students. You have the opportunity to be involved in events such as Open Day and Orientation to help students transition into university, as well as being a part of the planning process of events such as Connect Groups, Sunset Sessions, retreats and masses.

“You’re supported by having regular meetings with your campus pastoral associate and with a mentor in your field of study. For me, spending time with a graduate nurse who shares my ideals and values has been wonderful.

“Frontier has allowed me to develop my leadership, communication and organisation skills and this has helped me accomplish academic goals.”

Laura is a spirited advocate of the Frontier program and recommends it wholeheartedly.

“Campus Ministry provides you with support and mentorship, and you meet new people who will become friends and broaden your support network. I encourage you to attend some of the events at your campus and consider applying for Frontier. You won't regret it!”

Laura hopes to progress to Frontier Gold, which would allow her to maintain and deepen her involvement in, and commitment to, Campus Ministry.

What we do

What Campus Ministry do
  • Weekday mass on campus
  • Prayer and reflection
  • Student and staff retreats
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Christian meditation
  • Rosary
  • Student faith groups
  • Explore the Catholic intellectual tradition
  • Engage with the local and universal Catholic Church
  • World Youth Day pilgrimages
  • Other pilgrimage and immersion opportunities
  • International and local speakers
  • Emergency food cupboard
  • Social justice and community engagement
ACU VCP Professor Greg Craven
"Educating a mind without educating the heart is servicing a machine not building a person."
Professor Greg Craven AO, GCSG
Vice-Chancellor and President

Campus liturgy and prayer

Campus liturgy and praye

Mass on campus

Ballarat — St Thomas Aquinas Chapel: Closed

Brisbane Holy Spirit Chapel: Monday — Thursday (12pm)

Canberra Signadou Chapel: Wednesday (12pm)

Melbourne — St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) Chapel: Closed

North Sydney Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel: Usually 12pm daily (contact john.nguyen@acu.edu.au to confirm Mass times)

Strathfield Barron Memorial Chapel: Monday — Thursday (12pm)

As a Catholic university, liturgy and prayer is at the heart of all that we do.

We have a dedicated team of chaplains who with our local Campus Ministry teams guide and animate the prayer life of the university.

All throughout the year, there are regular celebrations of weekday mass as well as times when we gather as a community to mark significant moments in the life of the Church, the university and our nation's calendar.

The Sacrament of Penance is also available before or after mass or by appointment with your local campus chaplain.

To connect with your local campus ministry team including your campus chaplain, email campusministry@acu.edu.au.

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