The Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Penrose Park, was purchased in 1984, with the support and financial assistance of a small but dedicated group of pilgrims, by the first of the Pauline Fathers to come to Australia. Back in those early days, the dreams were many and varied but, as the number of pilgrims grew, there was one dream which was nourished and nurtured with such success that the remarkable phenomenon, now known as the INTERNATIONAL CHAPELS, became a reality.
These chapels, which are almost as many and varied as the nationalities of the thousands of pilgrims who come to “Penrose Park”, have become such a feature of the Shrine property that they are, in themselves, also subjects of pilgrimage. Having been built by individuals or groups of like-minded people, often at very substantial cost, the chapels are maintained by all those who built them.
The land on which they are constructed is still owned by the Pauline Fathers, to whom the chapels will revert, should any group or individual fail to keep them in good order.
|Map No.||Chapel Name||Built By|
|1||Our Lady of Vailankanni, Candle Chapel||Pakistani Community|
|2||Bethlehem Chapel||Polish Community|
|3||Our Lady of Białystok Chapel||Polish Community|
|4||Chapel of the Holy Cross||Polish Community|
|5||St Joseph Chapel||Polish Community|
|6||St Mary MacKillop Chapel||Individual pilgrim|
|7||Our Lady of Happy Voyage Chapel||Anglo-Indian Community|
|8||St Anthony Chapel||Maltese Community|
|9||Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel||Sinopoli Association|
|10||St Jude Chapel||Maltese Community|
|11||St Therese of Liseaux Chapel||Individual pilgrim|
|12||St Pancratius Chapel||Individual pilgrim|
|13||St Stephen Chapel||Croatian Community|
|14||Sacred Heart and St. Cosmas and St. Damian Chapel||Individual pilgrim|
|15||Our Lady of Lichen Chapel||Polish Community|
|16||The Holy Family Chapel||Polish Community from Kaliska|
|17||Saint Padre Pio Chapel||Pauline Fathers Community|
|18||St Adalbert Chapel||Individual pilgrim|
|19||Infant of Prague Chapel||Individual pilgrim|
|20||St. Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel||Filipino Community|
|21||Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel||Indonesian Community|
|22||Our Lady of Le Vang and the Martyrs of Vietnam Chapel||Vietnamese Community|
|23||Sts Sarkis & Bakhos Chapel||Lebanese Community|
|24||Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel||Croatian Community|
|25||Bl Jacques Désiré Laval Chapel||Mauritius Community|
|26||Sts Teresa de Los Andes & Padre Alberto Hurtado Chapel||Chilean Community|
|27||Marija (Marwa) Pomagaj Chapel||Slovenian Community|
|28||San Gabriele Chapel||Abruzzesi Community|
|29||Maria Vergine Annunziata Chapel||Associazione Maria Vergine Annunziata|
|30||St. Paul Chapel||Maltese Community|
|31||Our Lady of the Way||Italian Community|
|32||Our Lady of Hungary Chapel||Hungarian Community from Sydney|
|33||Our Lady of Fatima Chapel||Polish Community|
|34||Our Lady of Fatima Chapel||Portuguese Community|
|35||Ave Maria Chapel||Spanish Community|
|36||Our Lady of the Chain Chapel||Associazione Castiglionese|
|37||Our Lady of Pompeii (Our Lady of the Rosary) Chapel||Italian Community|
|38||Our Lady Queen of Hungary Chapel||Hungarian Community from Queanbeyan, Canberra|
|39||St Rocco Chapel||Italian Community|
|40||Santa Maria Miraculosa Chapel (Madonna di Anzano)||Italian Community|
|41||Santa Caterina D’Alessandria Chapel||Confraternita S. Caterina V.M.A|
|42||120 Sts. Chinese Martyrs Chapel||Western Sydney Chinese Community|
|43||Nossa Senhora Aparecida Chapel||Brazilian Catholic Community|
|44||East Timorese Chapel – to be built||East Timorese Community|
1. Our Lady of Vailankanni, Candle Chapel
Vailankanni is a village seven miles from Nagapattinam in South India. That place has been chosen by our Lady as a place of predilection for granting innumerable favours to the poor, solace to the sick and offspring to the barren. Today Vailankanni has become the Lourdes of the orient.
5. St Joseph Chapel
A prayer to Saint Joseph: Saint Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus; help protect It and guide It. Obtain for us a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be our guide, father, and model through life, so that we may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
6. St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) Chapel
St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) was canonised on 17 October 2010 thus becoming Australia’s first Saint. She reminds us that God gives us opportunities of suffering for Him and that we are just ‘travellers’ in this life because our true home is in heaven. Her example of heroic love inspires us to “never see a need without doing something about it” and to look beyond the capriciousness of artificial boundaries.
7. Our Lady of Happy Voyage Chapel
This chapel reminds us to turn to Mary for assistance and care prior to venturing out on a significant journey. Every day, we ask Mary for her maternal help on our earthly pilgrimage towards our heavenly home. A statue of Our Lady of Happy Voyage is in Bandel Church. Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, India. It stands as a memorial of the Portuguese settlement in Bengal.
20. St. Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He was a layman, married and had two sons and a daughter. He was martyred by ‘reverse hanging’ in Japan in the 17th century. He suffered immensely in his tortures but refused to renounce his faith. He told his executioners that he was ready to die for God and even if he had a thousand lives, he would give them all to Jesus.
21. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel
From Our Lady of the Sacred Heart we learn to live in union with Her Son Jesus. From Her we learn to accept our calling and mission generously, and to remain faithful when the cross appears.
22. Our Lady of Le Vang and the Martyrs of Vietnam Chapel
The first apparition of Our Lady of Le Vang was noted in 1798 during the great persecution of Vietnamese Catholics. Our Lady of Le Vang continues to be an inspiration to those who suffer for their faith. This chapel also honours 117 Vietnamese martyrs.
23. Sts Sarkis & Bakhos Chapel
Sts Sarkis and Bakhos were third century high-ranking officers in Caesar Galerius Maximianus’s army. They were held high in his favor until they were exposed as secret Christians. They were then severely punished, with Bacchus dying during torture, and Sergius eventually beheaded.
24. Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
The Blessed Virgin has often been implored for peace and reconciliation among people and with God. Recently, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been declared ‘Queen of Peace’ in the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje since 1981.
25. Bl Jacques Désiré Laval Chapel
Jacques Désiré Laval was a doctor who later became a priest. “Once I am a priest, I will be able to do more good,” he explained to his brother. He was also an extraordinary missionary in Mauritius. What was the secret of his missionary zeal? We find it in his holiness: in the gift of his whole person to Jesus Christ.
26. Sts Teresa de Los Andes & Padre Alberto Hurtado Chapel
Dying at the age of nineteen, St Teresa de Los Andes is a particularly attractive model of holiness for young people. Padre Alberto Hurtudo’s apostolate was the expression of a personal love for Christ the Lord. He spent his life manifesting Christ’s love for the poor.
27. Marija (Marwa) Pomagaj Chapel
A merciful image of the Mother of God hangs in the Basilica of Saint Vida, Brezje. It was was painted by Leopold Layer in the year 1814 and people call it ‘Marija Pomagaj’. In the year 1907, it was crowned by Ljubljana’s bishop, Anton Bonaventura Jeglič, with the permission of Pope Pius X.
28. San Gabriele Chapel
29. Maria Vergine Annunziata Chapel
Associazione Maria Vergine Aimunziata
30. St. Paul Chapel
Prior to his conversion, St Paul had violently persecuted Christians. However, after he encountered the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus, he became the ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’. The Acts of the Apostles recounts that on his way to Rome, St Paul was shipwrecked on Malta where he was met by Publius and the islanders who showed him unusual kindness [Acts 28:16]
32. Our Lady of Hungary Chapel
Hungarian Community from Sydney
Also known as the ‘Great Lady of Hungary’, Mary is invoked under this title in remembrance of King Stephen (d. 1038), who once built a church at Szekesfehervar in honor of the Mother of God.
34. Our Lady of Fatima Chapel
In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima, also known as Our Lady of the Rosary, appeared to three young shepherd children. She warned that the world needs more prayers, penance, fasting, conversion and reconciliation. She requested that the world be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart.
35. Ave Maria Chapel
This Chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of Pillar and St. James the Greater Apostle. James the Greater was one of Jesus’ closest friends as were Peter and John. These three apostles were present at the Transfiguration. Our Lady appeared to St. James atop a pillar while he was spreading the gospel in Spain.
42. 120 Chinese Martyrs Chapel
Western Sydney Chinese Community
Pope John Paul II presided over the canonisation of 120 Chinese martyrs on October 1, 2000. The Pope said that “the Church simply wants to recognise these martyrs as examples of courage… The martyrs are honoured for their fidelity to the Catholic faith not their role in political affairs”
43. Nossa Senhora Aparecida Chapel
Brazilian Catholic Community
On October 12, 1717, three fishermen were fishing in the Paraiba river with no success. They prayed to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception for God’s help. Finally, one of the fishermen threw out his net and drew in a small dark-skinned statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. It became known as Our Lady Aparecida [who appeared].