After two years of restoration work, the new seminary chapel was dedicated by then Archbishop George Pell on 2 March 2000. The chapel proudly bears the name of Corpus Christi Chapel, the name that was most popular among staff and students of the seminary.
The Archbishop emphasised to the seminarians that the day’s ceremonies were not just empty ritual but pregnant with symbols and grace.
The intention of the ceremonies was to remind the seminary community that they form part of the whole body of Christ. The building of living stones, which St Paul teaches, makes a spiritual house offering spiritual sacrifices. Only regular prayer will make the chapel a holy place and a power station for the dioceses it serves.
During the Mass of dedication the relics of four saints and beati were enclosed in the chapel’s altar: St Francis of Assisi, St Thomas Aquinas, Bl Teresa of Calcutta and Bl Alojzije Stepinac.
"THE MOST IMPORTANT SPACE IN THE DIOCESE"
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Ancient tradition asserts the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour was originally written by St Luke. The image became popular, and was widely reproduced, in Greece in the 13th century.
The Molczyk icon of “Our Lady of Perpetual Succour”, also known as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”, is based on a miraculous 15th century Byzantine icon which resides in Rome, at the church of Sant’Alfonso de Ligouri.