What do you enjoy the most about being the college Chaplain?
Having the time to talk with all members of staff and the students.
How important is the Catholic Ethos of SFX in student development?
Essential. In an increasingly secular world, students need space to explore their spirituality and faith, if that is something they wish to do.
What would you say to students and staff who were curious about the religious characteristic of life at SFX?
Get involved. It’s not all about prayer, it’s about participation. Students can get involved in the gospel choir, student retreats and charity fundraising. There are so many different opportunities to get involved in the religious aspects of the SFX community, whether you are Catholic or not.
How important do you think it is for students and staff to have access to the chapel?
Very important. It is a silent space; you do not have to pray, just be. Silent time is good for all of us, whether we have faith or not.
How do you think support staff contribute to the life at SFX?
The support staff are essential to the College. Without them, the College could not function. They are invaluable.
What advice do you have for students?
Believe in yourself. Do not entertain doubt. Reach out – there are people out there who will help you. If you have faith, ask God to be your partner on your journey; he will walk with you, he will not let you down.
What information do you want to pass on to students about how they can access the chaplaincy at SFX?
The Chapel is open Monday to Thursday 2pm to 4pm. If you want to make use of the chapel or chaplaincy outside of those hours for silent reflection, please ask me.