His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC

His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC (MEd 1982)

George Pell (MEd 1982) is an Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the eighth and current Archbishop of Sydney.

Cardinal Pell studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, and Propaganda Fide College, Rome, and was ordained a Catholic priest at St Peter's Basilica in Rome in 1966.

After working in various parishes across Victoria, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Titular Bishop of Scala in 1987.

He served as director of the Aquinas Campus of the Institute of Catholic Education from 1974-1984 and as Principal of the Institute of Catholic Education from 1981-1984.

In 1996 Pope John Paul II announced Cardinal Pell's appointment as Archbishop of Melbourne, and in 2001 appointed Cardinal Pell Archbishop of Sydney.

The Pope announced his elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals in 2003, and created him Cardinal Priest of the Church of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello in Rome.

Cardinal Pell holds a Licentiate in Theology from Urban University, Rome and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Church History from the University of Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education.

He was Visiting Scholar at Campion Hall, Oxford University in 1979 and at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University in 1983. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's in 2003.

From 1988-1997 he was a member of the National Catholic Education Commission and in 1989 he was appointed chairman of the committee charged with setting up the new Australian Catholic University, serving as its Foundation Pro-Chancellor from 1991-1995.

In 2005 Cardinal Pell was awarded Australia's highest honour: a Companion in the Order of Australia for service to the Catholic Church in Australia and internationally.