MEET THE CHAPLAINS

OXFORD UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY
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Welcome, new students! We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

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Michaelmas Term Masses at the Chaplaincy:
Sundays 11am (followed by refreshments), 5.45pm and 9pm (followed by hot chocolate)
Student Mass and (free!) breakfast on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8am
1st-8th week: Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri-Sat 12.15pm (public Mass)
College Masses: see schedule

 

The Chaplains

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FR MATTHEW POWER SJ

Senior Chaplain

“It’s wonderful to have joined the Catholic Chaplaincy here in Oxford and to be rediscovering the city and University!”

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FR MATTHEW POWER SJ

Senior Chaplain

“It’s wonderful to have joined the Catholic Chaplaincy here in Oxford and to be rediscovering the city and University!”

[email protected]

ALVEA FERNANDES

Assistant Chaplain

“After living in Abu Dhabi for most of my life, I came to the UK a few years ago to do a course in forensic science. I moved to Oxford in 2019. To say that this has been a memorable two years as Chaplain would be putting it mildly!”

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ALVEA FERNANDES

Assistant Chaplain

“After living in Abu Dhabi for most of my life, I came to the UK a few years ago to do a course in forensic science. I moved to Oxford in 2019. To say that this has been a memorable two years as Chaplain would be putting it mildly!”

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FR WILLIAM PEARSALL SJ

Assistant Chaplain

My life as a Jesuit priest has revolved around parishes, chaplaincies, retreat work and ministry to groups of vulnerable people. I look forward very much to meeting you and to serving you in any way I can. Every blessing!”

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FR WILLIAM PEARSALL SJ

Assistant Chaplain

“My life as a Jesuit priest has revolved around parishes, chaplaincies, retreat work and ministry to groups of vulnerable people. I look forward very much to meeting you and to serving you in any way I can. Every blessing!”

[email protected]

Our Catholic Chaplaincy team consists of two priests and one lay-woman. We work together to build and support the spiritual life of the Catholic staff and students of Oxford University, organising talks and social events, communal prayer times, and being available pastorally to anyone who may need a listening ear or spiritual direction.

The priest chaplains are members of the religious order, the Jesuits, founded by St Ignatius Loyola in 1540. The SJ after our names stands for the Society of Jesus, the name St Ignatius and his Companions first chose for their new religious order.

We have been shaped by a spirituality and a formation that stresses a deep personal love of Christ and the Church, a belief that God is at work, through the Holy Spirit, in the day-to-day events of our lives, that through prayer and reflection we can make choices that align ourselves more closely to the dynamic of Christ’s life of love and service, and that we are called to engage positively in our world for the Common Good. 

We involve others in the life of the Chaplaincy at the same time as seeking to share with you what’s particular to our own charism (grace). We hope you’ll find our approach helpful and enriching! Friendly feedback is always welcome! 

Our nearest Jesuit community is Campion Hall, in Brewer St, five minutes’ walk from the Chaplaincy.

Do get in touch with us any time you would like to talk, either using the email addresses given here or by simply dropping by the Chaplaincy. We are always here for you to offer a listening ear, spiritual guidance, and support through any difficulties you may be experiencing. 

We hope to meet you very soon!