Our Lady of the Snows, the Chapel at Prior Park College, has long been at the heart of the school community, providing a peaceful haven and place of reflection for staff, students and visitors alike. And we continue to welcome members of the public to Sunday Mass at Our Lady of the Snows. If you plan to attend Mass at the Chapel, please check here for exact times and dates.
The Chapel will soon celebrate 140 years since its consecration and it needs urgent investment to preserve it structurally and to ensure it meets the needs of a modern school providing the highest quality Catholic Christian education. We plan to invest in facilities which make our beautiful chapel more accessible not just to our own pupils, parents and alumni, but also to the wider community, encouraging use by local Christian community groups, schools and nearby congregations.
A wide range of mechanical and structural problems are currently affecting the Chapel organ. It is no longer fit for use as a teaching instrument nor for playing by visiting organists, and in its current state it risks compromising the quality of our liturgical music. It is no longer economically viable to spend the substantial sums necessary to maintain it and we now need a new Chapel organ to ensure that our choral music continues to thrive.
Prior Park College cannot fund the improvements we need to our Chapel from the school fees paid by our parents alone. We are just the current custodians of a place which belongs to us all. "Our Chapel" is "Your Chapel" too and we need your help to ensure that it remains at the heart of our community and does not fall into further disrepair.
Your generous support will help
- Install a new Chapel organ to continue our excellent liturgical music tradition and to complement our magnificent heritage
- Enable the Chapel to be enjoyed fully by all, through improved lighting and state of the art audio provision
- Repair the damage to the structure and replace the pews with more flexible seating
- Improve accessibility and facilities to encourage and enable wider use
Our new appeal aims to raise £1.5m.
As part of improvements to the Chapel, we plan to dedicate one of the side chapels to our former President, alumnus and friend Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.