Archbishop Mannix

A Short History of Mannix College

Mannix College is named after Archbishop Daniel Mannix (1864-1963), a notable religious and political leader in his home country of Ireland, and in his adopted country, Australia. Daniel Mannix was known for his passion, strength of character, academic accomplishments and intellectual prowess, and notably, his commitment to education. He campaigned strongly for State aid to Catholic Schools, and worked throughout his long life to raise the standing of and create educational opportunities for Catholics in Australia.

Through the work set in place by Archbishop Daniel Mannix, who in the last years of his life worked to establish a Catholic residential college at the new Monash University, Monash University Interim Council made an in-principle agreement in 1960 for the affiliation of the proposed residential college. Three years later, a little over a month after Daniel Mannix died at the age of 99, Archbishop Simmonds informed the Vice-Chancellor of the decision to name the College in memory of Archbishop Mannix. In a joint press statement from the University Council and the Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese, it was stated: "The name Mannix College has been welcomed by the University both as appropriate in itself and as fitting in with the University's own policy of naming its buildings after outstanding Australians."

Archbishop Simmonds entrusted the conduct of the College to the Dominican Order, governed by the Monash College Council, and the Dominicans continued to conduct the College on behalf of the Melbourne Archdiocese until 2003, when the first lay Principal was appointed.

On 23rd May 1968 Archbishop Knox laid the Foundation Stone, and the College opened to accept its first intake of Monash students, all men, in 1969. In 1974 Mannix became co-educational.

Over the ensuing years, Mannix College has settled into a structure of accommodating equal numbers of men and women students from diverse backgrounds, largely representing students who have moved from rural and regional Victoria to study at Monash University, honours and postgraduate students and visiting academic staff.

The College motto Omnia Omnibus, the personal motto of Archbishop Mannix, translates as "All things to all People". The shield of Mannix College combines elements representing Archbishop Mannix, Sir John Monash and the Dominican Order. From the shield of Dr. Mannix the Gryphon and Crescents are taken together with the motto. The shield of Sir John Monash, used by the University named after him, shows the inverted chevron, the Southern Cross, the open book and sword in pale blue surrounded by a crown of laurel. The black and white border is drawn from the shield of the Dominican Order.

Our proud history and established values support our current community

Mannix College enables students to get the most out of a University education - a combination of intellectual independence, academic support through mentors and tutorials, social development through involvement in the Mannix College Students' Society, participation in a wide range of sporting, philanthropic and cultural activities and the formation of life-long friendships. Mass is said at the College Chapel, which is available at all times for prayer and quiet contemplation.

Our Mission:

Mannix College is a Catholic residential College, affiliated with Monash University. The College strives to enrich university experience by:

1) Providing a stimulating and supportive community of active learners in a safe environment

2) Promoting the intellectual, spiritual and personal development of its members

3) Creating an awareness of Catholic ethos, tradition, culture and imagination within university life

As a missionary endeavour of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Mannix College is conducted in accordance with the religious doctrines, beliefs and principles of the Catholic Church.  Open to students of all backgrounds, the College is grounded in the Catholic tradition and its values and seeks to give expression to those values in all aspects of College life.  In this way the College aims to be a visible and active presence of the Catholic Church at Monash University.


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