The chapel at De La Salle College Cronulla was blessed and opened recently by Bishop Terry Brady to mark the Tercentenary of the passing of St John Baptist De La Salle, the Patron Saint of people working in Education and founder of the De La Salle Brothers. The college, which was established in 1936, has had a number of chapels on site, but not in recent years.
Bishop Brady spoke to the students about the need for a personal relationship with Jesus and commended the chapel as the perfect place to take time out to hold that important conversation.
The chapel is a stunning modernist design by Munns, Sly Moore Architects and is based on ecologically sustainable principles. It is a recycled building that began life as a pair of demountable classrooms.
The result is remarkable - the chapel has clean Australian modernist lines which lead to a glass apse behind the sanctuary featuring the sign of the cross in the window framing. Slatted timber is used as a textural motif in the entrance narthex and the ceiling adding to the light touch of the design. The heaviest note is an illusion - carpeted flooring echoes Roman Travertine in its colour and texture to refer to the Traditions of the Church.
Funds for the chapel were provided by Sydney Catholic Schools.
The College principal, Mr Craig Mooney, thanked Fr Tom Carroll, Parish priest of St Aloysius Cronulla. Fr Tom had been tireless in his advocacy for the construction of a chapel at the College to support the prayer life of the school community.
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