Acton Ostry Architects

Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel serves as the cornerstone and spiritual centre for the boys, staff, alumni and Christian Brothers of Vancouver College. The chapel is integrated into the new Lannon Hall elementary school that fronts onto a symbolic cloister courtyard. Clad in brilliant white masonry, the chapel is marked with a striking incised steel cruciform. The main entrance preserves the original 1927 entry archway for McCormack Hall. The interior is lined with wood and raked plaster washed with hues of turquoise, violet and golden light. The crucifix was crafted from reclaimed wood from old Lannon Hall, and the window artwork was inspired by a 1986 icon of Blessed Edmund Rice.


Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel


Vancouver, BC


Vancouver College




232 m2




LEED Gold equivalent

turquoise, violet and golden light.

turquoise, violet and golden light

The chapel is a living sign that Vancouver College believes that it is Christ Jesus that is its true foundation and cornerstone.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

sacristy and reconciliation rooms.

sacristy and reconciliation rooms

window artwork.

window artwork

wash of light.

wash of light

wood crucifix and raked plaster walls.

wood crucifix and raked plaster walls

holy water font.

holy water font

altar and lectern.

altar and lectern

McCormack Hall archway entry.

McCormack Hall archway entry

incised steel cruciform.

incised steel cruciform

The opportunity I had to celebrate our first mass in our new chapel brought me to tears—it has such a spiritual feel to it.

Campus Ministry