The Caroline Chisholm Library has been at Mitchell House in the CBD for many years. But rent has risen significantly in the last few years, and is by far our biggest cost. The Library Committee has been looking for new premises where we could continue our ministry while also freeing up funds for new ventures.
Through a recent happy (and, we believe, inspired) encounter between our Treasurer’s family and Fr Nicholas Pearce, newly appointed chaplain to the University of Melbourne and parish priest of St. Michael’s North Melbourne, Fr Nicholas learned of the Library's need. At that time, he was planning a Catholic Centre for the ground floor of his presbytery to support the work of Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Melbourne, and invited the Library to take up residence.