Campion welcomed its first graduate priest to celebrate the college’s annual Matriculation Mass on Monday 1 March.
Fr Reginald Chua, who was ordained as a Dominican in December last year, returned to his alma mater in Toongabbie for the first time since his ordination.
Fr Chua was joined by Campion chaplain Fr Peter Kruk and theology lecturer Fr Luke Holohan, Fr Chua’s former lecturer, to say the Matriculation Mass.
Following Mass, which was held outdoors for the first time, Campion president Dr Paul Morrissey thanked Fr Chua and welcomed the 33 new students, who signed their names into Campion’s Matriculation Book.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Matriculation is a ceremony held to officially welcome new students as members of a university.
Based on a Medieval model of study, Campion holds a Matriculation ceremony every year, in which students are given their own academic gown, to be worn at formal events throughout the academic year.
After the official ceremonies were over, a barbecue lunch was held for everyone on campus before students went to class for the first afternoon lectures of the semester.
Campion is currently accepting applications for second semester this year, beginning in August. Visit their website to find out more about the application process: www.campion.edu.au
With thanks to Campion College Australia.