Chapel

Our chapel is situated beside the main driveway that leads into the college. All who enter the school become aware that this is a place of Special Character and Charism. The architects were inspired to design a building that prompts us to raise our minds and hearts to God ever present and central to our lives. The chapel is named “Sancta Maria”, “Holy Mary” which reflects the foundation upon which our Special Character is based. A focus of the chapel is the icon of Sancta Maria.

When Bishop Pompallier returned to Auckland from Europe in 1850 to take up his appointment as the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Auckland, he bought with him the first Sisters of Mercy from Ireland. From the time of their arrival, the Sisters of Mercy have been most generous servants in the diocese.

It is fitting therefore, and no surprise, that the Sisters of Mercy would be generous to Sancta Maria College which is inspired and motivated by Bishop Pompallier’s spirit.

When the Sisters of Mercy had to close the chapel which was once a central feature of their hospital and hospice in Epsom, Auckland, the Sisters generously donated the sanctuary furniture from their chapel to Sancta Maria College.

  • The Sisters of Mercy donated to the College, for our chapel:
  • The altar on which the Eucharist of the Lord is celebrated;
  • The lectern from which the Word of God is proclaimed;
  • The tabernacle in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved;
  • The splendid crucifix which is above the altar;
  • The brass candle-stand which is next to the lectern.

There have been other donors.

The Priest’s chair (presider’s chair) is a gift to the College from St. Patrick’s Parish, Pukekohe. The chair was used in Catholic Church at Patumahoe. This church is now closed.

The secondary altar, on which the five models of the Sancta Maria schooner are placed, is a gift to the College from the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers).