The Chapel of the Good Shepherd
"The Chapel of the Good Shepherd is an inclusive, inspiring, peaceful and reflective space where students, staff and the wider College community will gather in worship and communion. The Chapel proudly resides in the heart of our school. It is a place where all members of our community will gather to find peace, calm and comfort, irrespective of religious tradition. It symbolises our commitment to ensuring worship is an essential and integral part of our students’ life at Cathedral College Wangaratta. It is a place where students and staff will celebrate their spirituality and participate in the religious and liturgical aspects of our fortnightly Chapel Services". - Nick Jones, Principal
The Naming of the Chapel
In honour of Christ the good shepherd, the new College Chapel will be known as ‘The Chapel of the Good Shepherd’.
In Jesus’ description of himself in St John’s Gospel, he says;
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.’ (John 10.14-16)
Within the main Chapel sits a smaller, more intimate side chapel. The side chapel was dedicated in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
According to legend, Saint Catherine of Alexandria was an extremely learned young girl of noble birth, possibly a princess. She protested the persecution of Christians under the Roman Emperor Maxentius - whose wife and several soldiers she converted while imprisoned - and defeated the most eminent scholars summoned by Maxentius to oppose her. Catherine is the patron saint of students and teachers, and therefore a suitable patron of the internal Chapel.