The dedication of a church, like baptism, confirmation and ordination, is a rite that is enacted only once. And just as these sacraments mark a new stage in the life of the Christian, so too the rite of dedication points to a new and characteristic moment in the life of a community, especially a seminary community.
— George Cardinal Pell

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 seminary chapel is the most important space in the diocese. Here the seminarian learns to pray regularly, or at least consolidates his patterns of prayer in good times and bad, in times of enthusiasm and times of dryness.
— Archbishop Eric D'Arcy

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.