The Archbishop of Melbourne has permitted the Chapel of the Holy Spirit to be used for Catholic weddings of graduates or present students of the University of Melbourne, or of other Victorian universities which do not have their own chapel.

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Newman College was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and was opened in 1918. Building on the Chapel began in 1938 and it was consecrated in 1942. The principal architect of the Chapel was Thomas Payne. The building of the Chapel was made possible by the generosity of Mr Patrick Brennan of Yarram, Victoria, although substantial donations had already been made by Victorian Catholics to the Archbishop Carr Memorial Chapel Fund. It is a collegiate chapel, designed in the mediaeval style. Its architecture is 'Decorated Gothic', which flourished in fourteenth century Europe. English, French and Spanish influences are evident, and two of the carved gargoyles are of Australian fauna. The stone is from the Barrabool hills and the Hawkesbury district, and the doors are of American oak. Other special features are the high timbered roof and the six wrought iron Gothic lanterns. It has a central aisle, and capacity for 240 people. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic chapel. Only Catholic services may be conducted within it, and only sacred music, whether vocal and instrumental, is permitted.


Any initial bookings and inquiries should be directed to the College Office, Monday – Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Weddings can be arranged during the following times: Saturday: 10.00am, 12.30pm, 3.00pm, 5.30pm; Sunday: 12.30pm, 3.00pm; Weekdays: by arrangement. Please note that on some occasions the Chapel is used for different purposes, and therefore it may not necessarily be in the same condition as initially viewed. 

Your confirmation acknowledges that you have accepted the Terms and Conditions for celebrations at Newman College as stated in the Weddings Booklet.

Respect for the Chapel

Out of respect for the Chapel and College grounds, no confetti, petals, rice, almonds, bubbles, etc. may be used either in the Chapel or grounds. This is the responsibility of the couple. Guests should be informed of this prohibition, perhaps through a note in the wedding booklet.  Newman College is a smoke-free environment, no smoking is permitted on the grounds.


The invitation to a priest or deacon to officiate is the responsibility of the couple. This should be arranged before the application form is submitted to Newman College, or as soon as possible thereafter. Only Catholic priests and deacons may officiate at weddings in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Decorations & Flowers

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit is a place of great simplicity and beauty. Couples are both requested and encouraged to take advantage of this simplicity and beauty by refraining from decorating the Chapel unduly.  Ribbons and other decorations may not be attached to the pews.


Bridal cars only are permitted to drive in and park in the Chapel grounds. There is a maximum of three cars allowed. The Chapel gates will be opened as they arrive and will be locked again until they leave.


As Newman College is a residential College, the only area available for outdoor photographs is directly in front of the Chapel or on the lawn to the left of the main entry gates. Photographers should be advised of this.


The fee for the hire of the Chapel includes with it, for no extra charge, the services of the Newman College Organist. Please note that no secular music, neither vocal or instrumental, is permitted in the Newman College Chapel.   Only sacred music is to be performed and this needs to be approved beforehand (at least two months prior to the wedding date) by the College Organist (email:  The bride and groom have been informed of this request.


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