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Cabra music centre opened


A new $2.3 million music centre at Cabra Dominican College has been named after Sr Thérèse Sweeney who attended Cabra and then taught at the school.

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The Sweeney Music Centre was blessed and opened last month by Sr Bernadette Kiley, congregational leader of the Holy Cross Congregation of Dominican Sisters.

It is the first time in Cabra’s 133 year history that a building has been named after a Dominican Sister.

Sr Thérèse was also for many years ‘teacher educator’ of young women from the Dominican and Mercy congregations. Later, she worked as a consultant with the Catholic Education Office.

“She died in 2003 but lives on in the memories of our current Dominican sisters, many of whom she taught,” said Sr Bernadette.

A number of special guests, Sisters, students, parents and staff enjoyed the formalities, which included musical entertainment by Cabra students.

The two-storey music centre comprises a multi-purpose area, music storage and seven unisex toilets on the lower level and a music performance space with maximum capacity of 175 people on the upper level. It is connected to the convent building and multi-purpose hall by a bridge, which curves to gently ‘kiss’ the historic building which is reflected in a large triangular glass window.

The Sweeney Music Centre


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