At the heart of Loreto Normanhurst is a vibrant community of prayer. It is one of the defining characteristics of this community. In so many ways our students are given the opportunity to experience prayer and liturgy and are guided into becoming young women of prayer. A variety of experiences are offered at the school: contemplative stillness of our midday silence with its Scripture readings, the early morning Communion Services each Friday and the class Communion Services throughout the year, the Sunday evening Boarder Eucharist, weekly tutor group prayer, House prayer and liturgies, liturgies to mark the Church’s liturgical year and to bring every celebration in our school year into a context of prayer, our prayer together at assemblies and prayer in the classroom.
Students are immersed in an enlivening liturgical rhythm and are encouraged to see prayer as the source and context of all they do. The school has a strong tradition of student-led prayer and liturgy and in Year 11 and 12 are given the opportunity to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Many senior students take up this ministry for the Church, a gift that they can share not only with our own community but with their local and country parishes.