Message from the Chaplains

New students, welcome! Happy New Year!

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Best wishes from the Chaplains 

Newman Society

The Newman Society was founded in 1878 as a society for Catholic student members of the University. Working closely with the Chaplaincy, they seek to encourage and support Catholic students in their vocation as witnesses to the Faith.

Chaplaincy Residents

The resident community is at the heart of Chaplaincy life and gives the opportunity for students to live in a Catholic environment during their time at University. For details and how to apply, visit this page.

Becoming a Catholic

Each year, the Chaplaincy runs an RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation) programme for those seeking to join the Church. Entitled ‘Catholicism – the basics’ the programme begins in Hilary Term. Find all the details here.

Catholic Oxford

There is a lot of Catholic life in Oxford. You’ll find things of interest being held at the Catholic Private Permanent Halls (PPHs) of the University, Blackfriars, Campion Hall and St Benet’s, and at St Aloysius, the Oratory Church. Click here for more info.

The Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy is a vibrant community, thanks to the many students who contribute to the shared life here.

Each year, a number of study groups, prayer groups, and social groups are formed and maintained in the Chaplaincy by students who invest their time into making our space a welcoming place for all.

Our two most distinct groups are the Chaplaincy Residents, and the Newman Catholic Society. Though each different in nature, these two communities form the backbone of Chaplaincy life.

Each Thursday, the Newman Catholic Society cooks and serves a hot meal open to all students, and hosts a talk in the Blue Room. The evening closes with a time of Benediction and Compline in the Chapel. The Society also organises social events throughout the term. Make sure to visit their website for more information.

Our resident community is formed of 13 students, a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate, who choose to live at the Chaplaincy for at least one academic year. Oxford life can be hectic, and filled with pressures both academic and social. For many, the chance to experience life at University in a Catholic context is strengthening. With the Chapel always available, and a more Christ-centred and person-centred way of life than you might find in College, the Chaplaincy is certainly a different experience, and one which is filled with many blessings.