Boutique Guest House Domus Australia has its own beautifully restored Chapel, the Chapel of St Peter Chanel, which is located within the Domus complex. The Chapel is capable of seating around 150 people and Mass in English is celebrated every day for guests and visitors to Rome. Confession is available before and after Weekday Mass, Monday to Saturday or on request.
The Mass times are:
• Monday to Friday 7:00 am (In English)
• Saturday and Vigil Mass 6:00 pm (In Italian)
• Sunday 9:00 am (In English)
Restoring the Chapel
Mons Charles Portelli PP from the Melbourne Archdiocese advised on the extensive renovation work in the Chapel, which includes a new design of the altar, the sanctuary and the sacristy. The parietal decorations, marble walls and pillars, plaster work and wooden items have all been restored to their former glory by Bartoli Restauro e Ricerca SRL, with the floor completely replaced. Other works include the installation of heating, cooling, lighting, audio amplification, and new sanctuary furniture, including the ambo and the chairs for the celebrants.
The organ has also been fully restored by Ars Organi SRL of the Pinchi family, the same family that built the organ.
The crucifix by Louis Laumen of Melbourne
Louis Laumen created a life-sized, bronze sculpture of the Crucifixion, which was commissioned by Cardinal George Pell in 2007 and originally placed in the Seminary of the Good Shepherd Chapel in Homebush.
Cardinal Pell decided that the Crucifix would be better suited above the high altar of the Domus Australia chapel, so it was shipped to Rome early in 2011. The Crucifix took four months to create – two months making the clay model, and a further two months working with a foundry team to complete the moulding and casting work.
Louis works primarily with bronze, and uses an ancient ‘lost-wax-casting’ process, which was developed in China and dates back to 2000 BC. This process was used by the ancient Greeks, it was used in the Renaissance, and it is still used today because it gets a level of detail that you can’t get in any other process.