Official Opening of
St Gregory’s Chapel
Official Opening of St Gregory’s Chapel at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
On Friday 26 July, St Gregory’s Chapel was dedicated to the glory of God by The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO.
The Dedication Service was attended by over 200 guests, including Anglican Church leaders, local parish representatives, School staff, student leaders, members of the School Council and special guests, including former School Principals Messrs Julian Dowse, Doug Swingler and Allan Shaw, the family of Mr Peter Moyes, representatives of the Anglican Schools Commission, Mrs Irene Clarke (Acting CEO), Mr Philip Goldsworthy and Mrs Barbara Godwin OAM, Principals from other schools and the Mayor of Wanneroo, Mrs Tracey Roberts.
The construction of St Gregory’s Chapel marked the completion of Phase 10 of the original Peter Moyes Anglican Community School (PMACS) Master Build Plan.
St Gregory’s is the shared place of worship for PMACS and the Anglican Parish of Quinns-Butler (previously known as St Cecilia’s). The parish has relocated to St Gregory’s Chapel from their previous church building located on Quinns Road. The building features a large worship space with vaulted ceiling and views to the ocean, meeting rooms, office space for the School Chaplains and parish priest, servery, alfresco area, memorial garden and bell tower.
The Chapel is dedicated in honour of St Gregory the Great. St Gregory is the Patron Saint of musicians, singers, students and teachers, sharing patronage of musicians with Saint Cecilia; a fitting choice for the School community given the partnership in this Chapel with the Parish of Quinns-Butler.
The Principal, Mr Benjamin Lomas, said that the Dedication Service was an important opportunity for the community to gather in their new place of worship. ‘The memorable service brought together people from across Perth and Australia for this special occasion,’ Mr Lomas said. ‘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.’
Senior Chaplain, The Revd Dave Deeny, is very excited at the ministry opportunities that this wonderful new place of worship will afford the School and the parish as they strive together to grow the Kingdom of God in this community. He noted that there have been comments from some who have visited the Chapel saying that ‘it feels like it has always been here’. In a sense, ‘it’ has been; God’s ‘Church’ in this place has not been dependent on the presence of this wonderful building. We inherit the heritage of the parish as well as the worship that has taken place at PMACS over the years.
The Chaplaincy team warmly invite anyone who may be passing through the area to visit St Gregory’s Chapel to experience this sense of presence for themselves.
Published in Messenger, October 2019