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Archbishop Hickey sits as priests enter the new Chapel of Redemptoris Mater Seminary, the Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary.

Photo: Jamie O'Brien


gave a brief description of the history of St Peter Chanel, Blessed Pascual Torres and Pope Saint Pius X. Blessed Pascual Torres, a Spanish Catholic man attended Mass daily and was the father of a large family.

  After being placed under surveillance because he was Catholic during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, the building construction supervisor was eventually abducted, taken outside the city where he lived and shot dead in 1936.

  Some of his children, who are still alive today, were present at his beatification which took place on March 11, 2001.

  One of the stories of his life later told by his mother and his wife was that he always encouraged people to love their enemies.

  St Peter Chanel, the first martyr of Oceania, was born in 1803 in the diocese of Belley in France


and ordained a priest in 1827. He served as a missionary on the island of Futuna in Oceania, and was known for his love for the poor and small children.

  After his murder in 1841, not one of the people he had baptised were still alive, but three years later, the King of Futuna confessed to ordering the killing and embraced Christianity with his people.

  Pope Saint Pius X reigned from 1903-1914, and was known for encouraging frequent reception of communion.

  The completion of the Chapel is the third completion of a new building since the inauguration of the Seminary in 1994.

  Fr Moore said the striking beauty of the Chapel and its various features help the seminarians and faithful who celebrate there to participate with zeal.

  The clear glass door to the Chapel, has been etched by sandblasting with the scene of the Annunciation. Fr Moore said this is because people only come to the Church through hearing an announcement of Jesus Christ or through personal witness.

   "The doors and also the windows are full-length glass so that the Church can see the suffering of the people of the world and bring to them the light of the love of Jesus Christ in the Church," Fr Moore said.

  The altar, in the centre of the Chapel is designed like a table, "because it is the table of the Eucharist, where we participate in the banquet of the body and blood of Jesus Christ:' he said.

  The lectern is also designed like a table where the word of God is proclaimed.

  "This is the same word


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A spectacular ceremony marked the completion of the new chapel at Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Morley on June 28.

  The chapel was built by Angelo Bongiascia together with numerous volunteers.

  Relics of two modern martyrs, St Peter Chanel and Blessed Pascual Torres, and one Pope - Saint Pius X - were sealed in the altar of the chapel during the ceremony.

  The relics were placed in a corner of the altar by Archbishop Hickey and later cemented in place by the builder of the altar Carmello Gioffre.

  Archbishop Barry Hickey presided over the dedication and opening with Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton and 40 priests who were present

for the occasion. Redemptoris Mater is the missionary seminary of the Archdiocese; seminarians follow the Neocatechumenal Way for their own faith formation.

  The Neocatechumenal Way was founded in Spain in the 1960s by Kiko Arguello, Carmen Hernandez and Fr Mario Pezzi.

  In addition to parish duties, priests and seminarians of the Way work with communities in the parishes of St Mary's Cathedral, Mirrabooka, Kelmscott, Rockingham, Whitfords and Mosman Park.

  The relics of St Peter Chanel were a gift to the Rector, Fr Michael Moore SM, from the Superior General of the Marist Fathers, because Fr Moore is also a Marist Father and the relics of Blessed Pascual Torres were given to the seminary by one of the Spanish martyr's sons. At the opening Fr Moore

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