Chapel takes pride of place

CEO John Fogarty, Sister Gratiae O'Shaughnessy SJG, the Most Reverend Bishop Donald Sproxton, Group CEO Michael Stanford and Director of Mission Colin Keogh.

CEO John Fogarty, Sister Gratiae O’Shaughnessy SJG, the Most Reverend Bishop Donald Sproxton, Group CEO Michael Stanford and Director of Mission Colin Keogh.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital unveiled its new Chapel and renovated foyer at a blessing in mid-May.

Designed by architectural firm, Silver Thomas Hanley, the Chapel features natural sandstone from Donnybrook used in some West Australian churches and major public buildings including Parliament House and the Perth General Post Office. The stained glass window had its origins in other St John of God facilities in WA.

 

reception deskAt the blessing were 100 people in attendance, including the Most Reverend Bishop Donald Sproxton, the Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, Dr Michael Stanford, Group CEO of St John of God Health Care, St John of God Health Care Board members and Trustees, Sr Isobel Moran Community Leader and the Sisters of St John of God and Sr Edith Murphy, colleagues from St John of God Health Care, health industry and medical practitioners.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital CEO John Fogarty said the old Chapel had stood the hospital and hospice in very good stead for over 20 years, but it was time for a Chapel that reflected the growth of both the hospital and the community.

“It was time to build a Chapel that reflected our growing services and to align with the contemporary feel of the rest of our renovations and refurbishments,” Mr Fogarty said.

chapel“We hope people of all faiths and all backgrounds will find in this chapel a space for quiet reflection and prayer, in times of stress, joy and sadness.”

Architect Basil Vogas said by placing the Chapel in a prominent exposed position, the Mission and Values of the hospital are also placed at the forefront.

“Our goal was to create a space for quiet reflection which could be used by all and at the same time, reinforce the St John of God Health Care Mission,” Mr Vogas said.

The renovated reception area and foyer now has a welcoming and open feel, contemporary in its design, commensurate with the increased size and modern aesthetics of the hospital.

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