Mother Gonzaga Barry founded Loreto in Australia in 1875 after arriving in Ballarat, Victoria following a long and arduous journey from her homeland of Ireland. She and her seven companions had come to Ballarat at the request of the Bishop who was concerned about the educational needs of the increasing population of children in the area.
She promptly established Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in Ballarat and soon after in other States of Australia. Her vision for the education of girls contributed to a broad and rich curriculum and led to her being a significant influence in the development of education within Australia. Today, there are seven Loreto Schools in Australia and over 90 throughout the rest of the world.
One of Mother Gonzaga Barry’s dreams was to build a Chapel at the Loreto Convent, Ballarat. Her vision for this place of worship was as ambitious as it was beautiful. Please click on the video below to view the history behind the ‘Children’s Chapel’ at Ballarat.