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.  Sacred heart ChapelThis 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.

Sacred heart

This next one is of the entrance to Paringa Hall, which I’m sure you will agree is quite stunning.

Paringa HallEntrance

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.

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This is a photo of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church which has it’s very own website. While their congregation first formed in 1860 and their first church was located in Waymouth St. this stunning building was erected in 1871-1872, and is located in Flinders St. Adelaide.
That has to be one of the things I like about Adelaide, the fact that as you walk around you are presented with many styles of architecture spanning over a hundred years. I always feel a pang of regret when some gracious old building is torn down to be replaced by some modern architecture which just doesn’t seem to replace the glory of the old building.

They have a pretty good website so you may want to visit it if you’re looking for more information on the church, these old photos in their archives may be of special interest.


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This week Mary MacKillop was recognized as Australia’s first saint and I thought it only fitting that this post was dedicated to her. Although born in Melbourne of Scottish parents on the 15th Jan 1842, the majority of her good work was done right here in South Australia, in the small town of Penola.

She originally came to Penola as a governess to look after the children of her aunt and uncle, yet even then because of her want to help the poor she included other children and took them under he wing as well. After about 2 years she accepted a teaching job in Portland Victoria, but not before she was noticed by Father Julian Edmund Tenison Woods.

Mary Mackillop Photo
While teaching in Portland Father Woods encouraged Mary to open a Catholic school in Penola, which she did, along with two of her sisters, in 1866. To learn more of this truly amazing woman you should visit the Blessed Mary MacKillop site.

On March the 22nd a bronze statue commemorating Blessed Mary MacKillop was unveiled at an official blessing and dedication ceremony conducted by Archbishop Philip Wilson. As can be seen from this photo, Mary, being well known for her work with children, is holding hands with two young children.
Mary Mackillop

The artist behind this sculpture is Adelaide artist Judith Rolevink, and although relatively new it is already attracting a fair bit of attention, and I’m sure that it will only increase now that the Catholic Church has recognized her as a saint. The statue sits next to the St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

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