Chaplaincy

Many people find that it is at University that they really begin to make sense of the world and their place in it. Having space to ask life’s BIG questions, and people to share with as you explore possible answers, is really important.  St Chad’s encourages all students (and staff) to explore the spiritual and religious dimensions of life.

The Chaplain is available to all students and staff, regardless of their religious background (or lack thereof) for conversations on personal, spiritual or pastoral matters (and is available to hear confessions). He is happy to provide a listening, non-judgemental ear to anyone at anytime, and in complete confidence.

The College strives to take people’s different religious views seriously; it is serious about dialogue and welcomes diversity.  The College is committed both to being ecumenical (working with Christians from other churches) and to working in an inter-faith context, promoting dialogue, for instance, with Muslims, Jews and members of other faiths.

More Faith Information

Faith Information:

  • Click here for the Faith pages of the University website which include a list of other College and University Chaplains, together with societies and places of worship for the major faiths
  • Click here for the BBC Religion pages – information, comment and discussion
  • Click here for Durham Cathedral website
  • Click here for St Antony’s Priory – ecumenical spirituality centre in Durham

If you have special requirements linked to your faith relating to accommodation, diet or the observance of festivals then contact the College Chaplain, who will be happy to provide information and guidance.

Durham, with its magnificent Cathedral just across the street from St Chad’s, is a major Christian centre with a long history of religious devotion. The College is a Church of England foundation (and the chaplain is an Anglican priest) though it welcomes all people, whether religious or not, to apply for membership.

The College has its own chapel, and Durham has no shortage of churches.  The University itself also provides facilities for various religious communities, such as a Muslim Prayer room for use by the University’s Islamic Society.

In addition to the various worship services in the Chapel, there is also a broader, more holistic aspect of Chaplaincy. This broader aspect has several elements which extend throughout the life of the College: the Chaplaincy runs occasional Reading or Study Groups, trips and pilgrimages.

The Chaplaincy committee meets termly to review Chaplaincy provision and consists of:

       The Chaplain

        The Principal

        The Director of Music

        The Chapel clerks

        JCR & MCR Welfare reps

        An SCR representative

        College Christian Union reps

        College Cathsoc rep

        College Methsoc rep

        College SCA rep

        Representative of the Jewish Society

        Representative of the Islamic Society