Oxford Chaplaincy

Barmouth summer retreat
The Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy year came to a close last week with a retreat at the Jesuit Villa House in Barmouth for eight students and two of the Chaplains.For the students, it was a chance to become better acquainted with the Ignatian Examen and to use it as a way of looking back over the year and to give thanks to God for its blessings. For the Chaplains too, the days away provided time and space to review a year that had been particularly rich, and it is good to evoke some of...
The end of term at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy was marked by a retreat at Stanbrook Abbey, in North Yorkshire. The Abbey made news ten years or so ago when the Benedictine nuns relocated from Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire to a purpose built Abbey five miles west of Ampleforth. Much attention was given to the eco-design of the new community buildings and the beauty of the location and the Abbey Church.The Abbey has a special link now to the Oxford Chaplaincy because the former...
Shannon Philip from Jesuit Missions, Fr Matthew Power SJ, Nick Hanrahan from JRS UK, Fr Simon Bishop SJ
Things are decidedly lively just now at the Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy: on Sunday 20th January they held for the first time a “Vacations Projects Fair”, to offer students some exciting ways of using their vacations to be “men and women for others”, or “contemplatives in action”.At all four of the masses on the day, before and after (and even during) there were stalls run by the Assumption volunteers, CAFOD, Faith in Politics, the Faithful Companions of Jesus, Focolare, Jesuit Missions (...
Heading up to the Cathedral for Mass
Since the 1930s and most significantly in the post Second World War years, students from the Universities and the Grandes Ecoles of Paris and its surrounding area have gone on pilgrimage to the magnificent 12th century Cathedral of Chartres. At its height in the 1990s over 5,000 students and young people were taking part.This year 6 students from the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, together with their Jesuit Chaplain, Fr Matthew Power SJ, and Assistant Chaplain, Becky Short, joined...
The harmonising threadThe Jesuits have served the Oxford University chaplaincy since 2007. But the chaplaincy was established  as early as 1895 when the Catholic hierarchy first allowed Catholic students to attend Oxford.  Their caution had been caused by the danger of exposing young Catholics to such a strongly Protestant environment, hence the urgency of setting up:“a universities Catholic Education Board to institute and supervise safeguards for the faith of the Roman...