School Lay Chaplains
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20)
The vocation and mission of a Lay Chaplain in schools derives from their baptismal identity and their response to their lay vocation and mission in the Church. Clothed in Christ they are called to be Christ for others, especially in their school communities.
Following the commandment of Jesus to all Christians to go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News, Lay Chaplains strive to be credible and enthusiastic instruments of the Holy Spirit to reach out to young people creating for them opportunities to experience the Life which is born of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ within the communion of the Church.
The CES national standards for Chaplains working in schools and academies are divided into five key areas:
- The Chaplain as Witness
- The Chaplain as Pastor
- The Chaplain as Leader
- The Chaplain as Educator
- The Chaplain as Professional
Lay Chaplains are employed by schools under this role with a job description based on the CES model for Lay Chaplains. The Diocese are to be involved in their appointment from the beginning of the process. Newly appointed Lay Chaplains are commissioned by the Bishop of Salford at the beginning of the academic year.
The Department for Education offers continued formation for Lay Chaplains in our Catholic schools. The ‘Days for Lay Chaplains’ consists of 5 full-days of formation including spiritual nourishment, formation in faith and opportunities for evangelisation and outreach work. This programme is provided as part of the schools subscription.
The Diocese is keen in generating a spirit of cooperation among Lay Chaplains, of belonging to the Diocesan family and to create opportunities for networking and sharing best practices and resources.
For more information please contact the Diocesan Coordinator for Lay Chaplains, Andrea Velarde