"THE CHAPEL SOCIETY"
On 7 May, 1983, the first wedding took place in the Chapel when Sue
Burns married Steven Bowers and this occasion marked the beginnings
of The Chapel Society. The Society was formed on the initiative of the
then Principal, Sister Anne McGrath, following the School’s Centenary
(1982) to assist in the care and maintenance of the Chapel in providing
the enhancement it deserves. Its other basic commitment would be the
supervision of weddings, however, much has followed to expand this original
The beautiful Chapel designed by John Horbury Hunt holds
a special place in the hearts of all the School Family
View from the choir loft
Click here (WMP)and
take a tour of the Chapel (courtesy of Pastor de Lasala)
notable feature of The Chapel Society is that many are foundation
members who continue to donate their time, energy and efforts to
help maintain and enhance this heritage-listed building. Membership
is currently 20 and includes RSCJ, alumnae, past parents and friends. Concerts
and recitals are held each year to raise funds for ongoing refurbishment.
Details of Events - http://www.puget-organ-restoration.org.au/events/events.html
To date there have been approximately 500 weddings. Currently
weddings are permitted for alumnae/i, their siblings, children, and
book a Chapel wedding contact Mrs Rosalind Mansell at the School on 9388 6140
or email email@example.com .
Weddings are rehearsed and supervised by Mrs Barbara Buhagiar and members of
the Chapel Society attend every wedding to help greet guests.
Some recent weddings
can be viewed on the NSW Sacré Cœur website at
Fund-raising for repairs and refurbishment to the Chapel exceeds $200,000 and
some of the Achievements of this dedicated group over the past years include:
cleaning and glazing of the brassware including all the vases
and candle stands, the large urn stands and the tabernacle door
and refurbishment of the altar vessels
of the carpet in the Sanctuary and aisle
of the plaque to the School foundresses at the entrance to the
Chapel and placing of the small plaque on St Madeleine Sophie’s
stall inside the Chapel (first on the right)
of the 1882 painting of “Mater Admirabilis”
and installation of a microphone and pa system
cleaning of the Stations of the Cross and the statues of Mary
electrification of the Sanctuary lamps and provision of padding
along the kneelers of the benches. (The two latter were
donated by the late Sister Leila Barlow RSCJ and the late Kay
Rémond respectively, both foundation members of The Chapel
of cushions for all the benches - a combined gift of the Chapel
Society, Parents & Friends Association, NSW Alumnae Association
and the School.
much appreciated gift was from the Class of 2000 who donated
the entire proceeds of their Vale Ball to endow the Chapel with
a bronze medallion honouring its designers, Reverend Mother Vercruysse
and John Horbury Hunt, and fund the restoration of the antique
French reliquary of St Victor, martyr, in the Sanctuary, and
the purchase of several sets of new vestments.
cleaning of the antique stalls and pulpit and repair of 26 seats
and prayer book support. This was made possible in part
by a generous donation from the 2002 Vale Graduation Ball Committee.
restoration and cleaning of all the stained glass windows. This
began in 2003 and there are two large windows remaining and several
smaller windows, which will be completed progressively as and
when funds become available.
of the pulpit (2004)
Puget Organ Restoration Project
The 1890 Puget organ was dismantled and sent to France in January 2005 for a
full restoration. The organ returned to its home in the tribune in 2009
and restoration will be completed in mid-2011.
Further information on the
restoration is on the websitehttp://www.puget-organ-restoration.org.au
I am extremely proud and honoured to be associated with all the members of The
Chapel Society, whom I thank for their friendship, support and collective wisdom. Their
achievements are outstanding. This is especially true of the immediate
past President, Patricia Horsley, whose continuing involvement enables me to
consult and share her wise counsel. Patricia has devoted countless hours
in researching the history of the Chapel and its contents.
|Ann Lynch Henderson,
President, The Chapel Society
(Tel: +61 2 9418-8856)
|(Ann is an Alumna of 3 Sacred Heart Convents: San
Francisco, USA, Wellington, New Zealand, and Kincoppal, Sydney,
1957-1958. She spent 2 1⁄2 years in Rome, Italy and maintains
close ties with the Alumni Association of her former School there,
Marymount International School.)
Donations may be forwarded c/- 47 Moola Parade, Chatswood,
If you wish Receipt for tax deduction please make
cheque payable to Kincoppal-Rose Bay School Building Fund
– Chapel. If not please make cheques payable to Kincoppal-Rose
Bay Chapel Society.