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Transfer of Mary Philippa Brazill Foundation to ACU

On June 3, at St Patrick’s campus of Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne, the Trustees of the Mary Philippa Brazill Foundation (MPBF) gathered to formally acknowledge the transfer of the Foundation’s assets to ACU.

The funds will enable an annual scholarship to be awarded to an ACU higher degree research student to undertake study in aspects of the ethics of Catholic Healthcare in the Australian context. The scholarship is named in honour of Mary Philippa Brazill RSM, after whom a lecture theatre at the ACU Melbourne campus was named on February 1, 2013. (Click here for the occasional address given then by Helen Monkivitch RSM).

The Sisters of Mercy, Faithful Companions of Jesus and the Loreto Congregations have been Trustees of the MPBF since its inception in 1993, as has Dr Bernadette Tobin. Maria Rossetti has been Executive Officer to the Foundation, also since its inception, and Eileen Ann Daffy RSM undertook the legal work to establish the MPBF (please see picture below).

L to R: Prof Dermot Nestor, ACU; Wendy Hildebrand IBVM; Eileen Ann Daffy RSM; Maria Rossetti; Annette Schneider RSM; Barbara Brown-Graham FCJ; Anne McPhee IBVM and Dr Bernadette Tobin.


On behalf of the outgoing Trustees, a record of the historical and general information about the MPBF was presented to ACU (please see picture below).

Prof Dermot Nestor, ACU; Annette Schneider RSM (outgoing Chair of the Trustees) and Dr Bernadette Tobin (founding Trustee).


Thanks was expressed to all those who had been involved with the MPBF over the years and gratitude was extended to ACU for their willingness to expand their support for research into the ethics of Catholic healthcare through the establishment of the scholarship.

To read the opening address – Click here

Messages to: Annette Schneider RSM

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