Opening of Sr Una McAllister Centre at Catholic Ladies’ College25th June 2012
A wonderful celebration was held on Sunday 17th June 2012 at Catholic Ladies’ College, Eltham, a College in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Australia, are now under the governance of Mary Aikenhead Ministries through the Mary Aikenhead Education Company. This was the Blessing and Opening of the Sr Una McAllister Centre, a magnificent music centre and sacred space.
A large number of Sisters, some from Tasmania and New South Wales, attended as well as current and past students and staff, parents and professionals who had contributed to the final wonderful building. Members of Sr Una’s family, including her brother and his wife were also present.
A choir of current and past students led the group in song and Fr Terry Keane presided. Students also symbolically “unveiled” the crucifix and “Tree of life” sculptures executed by Mrs Pauline Clayton.
Fr Terry spoke movingly of the meaning of blessing, Mr John Slattery, Chair of crumlin the Board spoke about the project and Mrs Margaret McKenna told of the meaning of this space for the past, present and future.
Mrs Pauline Clayton was ill and so Sr Rosemary Crumlin RSM spoke eloquently on her behalf about the sculptures, inviting those present to experience some of the pain of their genesis.
The striking stained glass windows are also a feature of the sacred space. Whose windows reveal the beauty and changing sky-scape.
A plaque was unveiled by Mr David Robinson, Chair of the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, Mr Ray McAllister, Mr John Slattery, Chair of the Board, Mrs Margaret McKenna, Principal and Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Australia.
All then enjoyed delightful refreshments and a tour of the wonderful music space with their excellent acoustics and cutting-edge technology.