Ground broken for new college chapel

9 Farmer blessing

On March 8, Msgr Paul Farmer led a ground-blessing
on the site of the new chapel for St Peter’s College, Auckland. Thirteen hundred boys joined in prayer, as Msgr Farmer blessed the ground and called upon guests to join college headmaster James Bentley in symbolically turning over soil at what will be the entrance to the chapel when construction is complete.

Guests included Nick Kumarich (chair of the St Peter’s College Board of Trustees), Craig Nicholson (chair of the board of trustees chapel sub-committee), St Peter’s College old boy Pat Coll (overall project manager for the chapel construction), Gary Lawson (architect from Stevens Lawson Architects and chapel designer), and Matthew Donaghy (building project manager from ASPEC Construction, which is building the chapel).

The day presented the community with an opportunity to pause and ask for God’s blessing on the project, as well as being an occasion to reflect with gratitude upon those who have worked to bring the project to its current state. St Peter’s now looks forward to the completion of the project and the opening blessing in late 2019 or early 2020.

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