Anglican Archbishop opens Mindarie chapel

The official opening of St Gregory’s Chapel.
The official opening of St Gregory’s Chapel.

HUNDREDS of people filled a school chapel in Mindarie for its official opening recently.

Perth Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy opened the St Gregory;s Chapel at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School this term July 26.

The dedication service was attended by more than 200 Anglican Church leaders, local parish representatives, school staff, student leaders and members of the school council.

Peter Moyes Anglican Community School principal Benjamin Lomas with past principals Allan Shaw, Julian Dowse and Doug Swingler.

Special guests included former principals Julian Dowse, Doug Swingler and Allan Shaw, family of Peter Moyes, Anglican Schools Commission acting chief executive Irene Clarke with representatives Philip Goldsworthy and Barbara Godwin, principals from other schools and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

Principal Benjamin Lomas said the service was an important opportunity for the community to gather in their new place of worship.

Assistant Bishop Jeremy James and chaplain Linda Pilton with primary school choir student for communion.

“The memorable service brought together people from across Perth and Australia for this special occasion,” Mr Lomas said.

“It was the first opportunity for us to gather in the sacred space.

“It is hoped that the spirit of union continues as we make use of this impressive new building for worship, pastoral care, charitable initiatives, special occasions and Christian community support.”

School council chairman John Filippone, Anglican Parish of Quinns-Butler Reverend Paul Howells, Anglican Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy, principal Benjamin Lomas, senior chaplain David Deeny and chaplain Linda Pilton.

The Anglican Parish of Quinns-Butler use the chapel as their spiritual home.

The building features a large worship space with vaulted ceiling and views to the ocean, multiple meeting rooms, office space for the school chaplains and parish priest, servery, alfresco area, memorial garden and bell tower.

The official opening of St Gregory’s Chapel.

The chapel has been named after Saint Gregory who is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students and teachers.

Senior chaplain Reverend David Deeny said the chapel would be used to baptise babies, bring couples together in marriage and hold funerals.

The completion of St Gregory’s Chapel was the final stage of the school’s original master plan.

Anglican Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy and senior chaplain David Deeny.