Archbishop blesses and opens new Chapel at Thomas Carr College

17 December 2014 | General Interest

On Tuesday December 9 2014 at 4.00pm the Thomas Carr College community gathered to celebrate the blessing and opening of the College Chapel by the Archbishop of Melbourne, His Grace Denis Hart.

College Chapel

The blessing and opening of the College Chapel marks a most significant occasion in the life of Thomas Carr College.  The College now finally has a sacred place which truly signifies for all the Catholic Identity of the school. The completion of the Chapel marks a four year journey of discernment to ensure that the Chapel met the needs of the College and was a sacred space truly reflecting the unique story and history of Thomas Carr College,  a place that captured the faith and spirituality of the college’s patron, Thomas Joseph Carr, the second Archbishop of Melbourne.

With the creative talents of architects, Smith and Tracey, the College has been able to achieve a significant architecturally designed sacred space, to mark clearly for our community the important place of our Faith within our school. The Chapel allows the College community to reflect on the life of Archbishop Thomas Carr through the creation of the Thomas Carr windows.

The beautifully worded stone Stations of the Cross allow a reflection on the death and resurrection of Christ which leads the eye to the magnificent crucifix window which signifies to the community the significant part Faith plays in education of students.

College Chapel  College Chapel

The blessing and opening also allowed for Dr Andrew Watson, Principal to express sincere gratitude to the Parents and Friends Association who donated $30,000 to the College to enable the commissioning of Mr Anthony Russo to craft the liturgical furniture for the Chapel incorporating the use of both timber and bluestone. Anthony also design and installed the Thomas Carr windows and the crucifix window.

The College Chapel reminds all that Thomas Carr was:

  • A man of faith
  • A leader of the Catholic Church in Melbourne for thirty years
  • A scholar who taught and wrote throughout his life and who made Catholic education a priority as Archbishop of Melbourne, and
  • A pastoral person who cared for all in Melbourne, and especially the poor and needy.

To conclude the ceremony Dr Watson paid tribute to Architects Smith and Tracey and Builders, Searle Brothers who worked together to plan, design and construct the College Chapel. The completion of this project has now provided Thomas Carr College with a sacred space which reflects in a truly tangible way the College’s commitment to continue to enhance  its Catholic Identity.