MEET THE CHAPLAINS

OXFORD UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

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!”

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!”

ALVEA FERNANDES

Assistant Chaplain

 

ALVEA FERNANDES

Assistant Chaplain

 

FR IAN TOMLINSON SJ

Assistant Chaplain

“My main work as a priest has been in spiritual direction and retreat giving. In my earlier days I played cricket, soccer and enjoyed walking holidays. I’m looking forward to meeting you at the chaplaincy.”

FR IAN TOMLINSON SJ

Assistant Chaplain

“My main work as a priest has been in spiritual direction and retreat giving. In my earlier days I played cricket, soccer and enjoyed walking holidays. I’m looking forward to meeting you at the chaplaincy.”

FR NICK KING SJ

Assistant Chaplain

“To be back in this place where I have spent (I calculate) 20 years of my life feels like a real homecoming. I am delighted to be back with you, and look forward to meeting you all.”

FR NICK KING SJ

Assistant Chaplain

“To be back in this place where I have spent (I calculate) 20 years of my life feels like a real homecoming. I am delighted to be back with you, and look forward to meeting you all.”

Our Catholic Chaplaincy team consists of three 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 all 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!