The Ruatara Chapel reflects the nurturing creative spirit which is at the heart of the work of Vaughan Park and honours the memory of Ruatara, a Nga Puhi chief from the Bay of Islands who assisted the Rev. Samuel Marsden in establishing a Christian mission in New Zealand in 1814.
During the week, a daily rhythm of worship and prayer marks the hours of the day. The community gathers to offer prayers for justice, peace, the integrity of all creation and valuing the ordinary as sacred.
The statue of St. Francis in the Chapel, a gift commissioned for Vaughan Park, is a tangible link with the Franciscan brothers who were in residence here from 1997 to 2001.
Daily Prayer: Tuesdays to Fridays at 8.30am and 4.30pm.
Service of the Eucharist/Holy Communion: Thursdays at 8.00pm
Serivce of the Eucharist/Holy Communion: Sundays at 10.00am
Guests at Vaughan Park are very welcome to join us at services. The Chapel is open for private prayer and contemplation outside of these times. You will also find a listening ear among us. Clergy are always available to accompany you and speak with you.
The Research Centre
The Chapel is supported by the Research Centre, built in the name of the Saints and Martyrs of the Pacific. It is a room curving around the Chapel as if to embrace it – a space that invites reflection on the balance between learning and prayer. There is also a small library in the Centre and it is a quiet place to read, study and write.
A bronze statue of St. Francis was gifted to the Research Centre.