On Friday, 1 September, St Augustine College of South Africa celebrated its patronal feast day. Proceedings commenced with Holy Mass in the College’s magnificent chapel, con-celebrated by Fr Anthony EGAN SJ and Msgr Marc de MÛELENAERE.
Thereafter, St Augustine and its Alumni Association hosted a cocktail party for guests and students, past and present. Prof Garth ABRAHAM, President of St Augustine, used the occasion to highlight a number of positive developments at the College.
Perhaps most encouraging was the consistent improvement in student numbers for all degree and diploma offerings. A particularly important contributor has been the reintroduction of the Specialisation in Canon Law in the MPhil in Theology. New offerings planned for the future should further to increase student numbers: in 2018 St Augustine will offer a Bachelor of Commerce (PPE) (in addition to the BA and BTh that are already on offer) – for which students might register on a full-time or part-time basis; a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Higher Certificate in Theology will also be introduced in the near future. Professor ABRAHAM also informed the gathering that St Augustine had been invited by the International Federation of Catholic Universities to join a project that, through the new Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human development, will be providing support to Papal diplomacy on important global issues.
The occasion provided opportunity for St Augustine to bestow its St Monica Award on Dr Heinz WIRZ. Named in honour of St Monica – the mother of St Augustine – who devoted so much of her talent, time and effort to the ‘care’ of her son, the St Monica Award honours someone who has, in some meaningful way, made an important contribution to the life of St Augustine College. Dr WIRZ Dr WIRZ was appointed a founding director of St Augustine in 1999, a position he has held until his resignation in August 2017. Apart from his Board position, Dr WIRZ has been a member of the St Augustine Senate and has regularly served on a number of Senate committees.