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Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers blesses the hands of first-year Medicine student Arabella Raupach.

Wednesday 21 February 2018

A marquee event on the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus, the School of Medicine’s annual Blessing of Hands ceremony was celebrated for the 10th year on Friday, February 16.

More than first-year Medicine students gathered at Notre Dame’s Darlinghurst site for the ceremony which recognises the importance of hands in the relief of pain, the prevention of disease and as a symbol of peace and solidarity.

The blessing was conducted by Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney Richard Umbers. The practice of blessing hands embraces a centuries-old tradition where the hands of kings, priests and prophets where anointed with oils which symbolised good health and strength.

Professor Christine Bennett, Dean of the Sydney School of Medicine, said the Blessing of Hands provided a significant opportunity to recognise the importance of hands in the delivery of health care to the community. “This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our School of Medicine in Sydney which adds further significance to the Blessing ceremony for the students, staff and graduates of this proud University,” Professor Bennett said.


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