The new Xavier College Chapel was consecrated by Archbishop Philip Wilson on Tuesday, September 16. The chapel takes pride of place in the centre of the College overlooking the central Bosco Lawns. The chapel has the capacity to seat 80 to 100 and key features include the magnificent leadlight window that forms the entire backdrop to the Sanctuary. It depicts the gathering of community around the centred presence of Jesus.
The background reflects the local context and the vibrant colours certainly capture the imagination of all who visit the Chapel.
The College embraces the Salesian Charism, which is of course underpinned by the spirit of St John Bosco. A life size statue of St John Bosco looks out from the glass windows at the front of the chapel, overlooking the Bosco lawns. Students are often found sitting in front of the chapel, in effect, at the foot of the statue of St John Bosco.
Archbishop Wilson presided over a meaningful Dedication Mass, during which the altar and the building itself were sprinkled with holy water and anointed with Chrism oil. The Archbishop explained to those gathered the meaning imbedded in the consecration ritual and the link to the Baptismal rite.
The construction of the chapel was made possible as a result of a bequest left to the College by Monica Farrelly. Monica died on June 19, 2012 at the age of 98. She spent her life as a devoted member of the Mallala Parish and she also left significant bequests to her local parish and to Cabra College, the school she attended many years ago. Monica was a descendent of the Farrelly and McCabe families that have a strong presence in the mid-north region. Although Monica was never married and had no children, she was represented by relatives including Gerald McCabe and John and Helen Farrelly, whose grandchildren (Grace and Bridget Farrelly) are current students at Xavier College.
Current Xavier College Captains, Liam Bennett and Aoife Rutley, were both present at the consecration liturgy. The previous weekend Liam and Aoife were both recipients of an Archbishop’s Awards for Excellence and the College also acknowledges this significant achievement with the Monica Farrelly Medal and a financial gift, these are presented each year at the end of year Presentation Night.
Source: Xavier College Gawler