"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 this heritage-listed building. Its other basic commitment woud be the supervision of weddings. Members include RSCJ, alumnae, past parents, School staff and friends.
The beautiful Chapel designed by
John Horbury Hunt holds a special place in the
hearts of all the School Family.
View of the Chapel from the choir loft.
Over the past 35 years there have been approximately 500 weddings. Currently weddings are permitted for alumnae/i, their siblings, children and grand-children.
To book a Chapel wedding contact Mrs Mary Cook at the School on 02-9388-6024; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weddings are rehearsed and supervised and members of The Chapel Society attend every wedding to greet guests.
Wedding guidelines are on the School website http://www.krb.nsw.edu.au/
REPAIRS and REFURBISHMENT of the CHAPEL initiated by members of The CHAPEL SOCIETY include the following:
• Professional cleaning and glazing of the brassware, all the vases and candle stands, the large urn stands, the tabernacle door and altar vessels.
• Re-plating of the plaque to the School foundresses at the entrance to the Chapel and placing of the small plaque of St Madeleine Sophie's staff inside the Chapel (first on the right)
• Restorartion of the 1882 painting of "Mater Admirabilis"
• Purchase and installation of a microphone and PA system
• Professional cleaning of the Stations of the Cross and the statues of Mary and Joseph
• Discreet electrification of the Sanctuary lamps and provision 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 Society.
• Provision of cushions for all the benches - a combined gift of The Chapel Society, Parents and Friends Association, NSW Sacré Coeur Association and the School).
• A 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, Revered Mother Fébronie 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.
• Professional cleaning of the antique stalls and pulpit and repair of 26 seats and prayer book supports. This was made possible in part by a generous donation from the 2002 Vale Graduation Ball Committee.
• Professional restoration and cleaning of all the stained glass windows from 2003-2012.
• Restoration of the pulpit (2004).
PUGET ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT (2002-2012)
A very long and difficult project, completed with outstanding success. The organ was sent to France in January 2005, returning in 2009 and completed in 2012, with 3 French organ builders involved. The project involved numerous fund-raising events and the receipt of 3 NSW Heritage Grants. Full details and photographs are on this website.
I am extremely proud and honoured to be associated with all the members of the Chapel Society and of all their achievements over the past 35 years. We are committed to continuing our support of the Principal and the RSCJ in every way to preserve the Chapel and its precious contents.
Ann Lynch Henderson
President, The Chapel Society
Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur
Mobile: 0428 608 769
(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.