I have often driven past this beautiful building on my way to one of the many beautiful beaches in Adelaide and I’ve often wondered what the story behind it was. It was obviously a religious building, but I was always curious as to what denomination claimed it as their own.
On this particular day I had some time to kill after dropping my daughter off for one of her university exams and so I decided to drive down and finally put my curiosity at ease.
The church, or chapel as it turns out to be, is located on Brighton Rd in the beach side suburb of Somerton Park. This photo is what I saw every time I drove by and what I thought was just a normal church was actually the rear of the school chapel of The Sacred Heart College.
There is actually a fair bit of history behind the college and it all started in 1817 when a priest, Marcellin Champagnat, shocked by his ignorance in God started a new teaching order, the Marist Brothers.
The Sacred Heart College website is full of interesting information and I strongly suggest you go on over and have a look. For now I would like to show you other photos that I took on that day.
This is a shot of the front of this beautiful chapel. “The Sacred Heart College Memorial Chapel is a dedicated sacred building opened and blessed in 1924 as a memorial to the Old Collegians who lost their lives in the First World War.”
This is a photo of Paringa Hall, the stately Cudmore which was purchased at Easter 1914 just as World War I was getting under way. The college was transferred there when the previous grounds got to be too small.
This next one is of the entrance to Paringa Hall, which I’m sure you will agree is quite stunning.
Oh, I forgot to mention it was a Catholic school and that it had beautiful well manicured grounds. I took this shot of a statue of Jesus because I loved the way it looked with the reflection of the chapel in the background.
You can see other photos that I took of the chapel at my Photos 2 Blog blog.