Five Reasons to visit your University ChaplaincyWednesday 28th August 2019
Over the next few weeks, students across the country will be preparing to take the plunge into university life, with many moving in and others moving out of our diocese to begin their university careers.
University Chaplains play an important part in university life. They contribute to the life of the university by enabling worship, supporting students pastorally and working in an interfaith context to support all students who pass through the university gates.
In our diocese, we have Chaplains serving all of our diocese’s universities.
Here, Fr Frankie Mulgrew who serves as Chaplain to the University of Salford, lists his top five reasons to visit your university chaplaincy.
You’ll find a place of welcome, fellowship and a space to relax with like-minded people
Whoever you are and wherever you come from, you will be welcomed with open arms to your University Chaplaincy. People from all walks of life and faiths are embraced. The chaplaincy can offer a safe space for you to recharge and share thoughts with people you might not have otherwise encountered in your university journey.
You can go deeper in your faith through liturgy and events
University Chaplaincies provide students spiritually with Masses, confessions and a weekly holy hour, as well as other events. These offerings will provide you with a unique opportunity to go deeper in your faith throughout your time as a student, learning more about yourself. University is a time for self-development professionally and personally, so why not spiritually too?
You will make new friends through social events
Starting university, with many moving cities and leaving home for the first time, can be daunting. But with a growing list of events on the Chaplaincy’s social calendar, visiting the Chaplaincy can be a perfect opportunity to expand your networks and meet new people.
We’ll be there for you in difficult times that may lay ahead
While University can be great, it comes with its own pressures and there will be times when it may feel as if things are getting too much. If you feel that way, the University Chaplaincy can provide a safety net for you to fall back on, offering support and advice in how to move forward.
And Fr Frankie’s final reason is…
Because your mum will be so happy when you tell her you’ve visited the Catholic Chaplaincy!
In a final word from Fr Frankie, he says: “We’d extend a big welcome to Catholic students to the Chaplaincy. I hope you’ll call in and say hi. Myself and Sr Teresa are here for you, to support, walk and journey with you during your time at Salford Uni.
“We have some exciting events coming up that we would like to share with you, and introduce you to the students that hang out at the Chaplaincy. We’ve had some good times in the past year, and hope you might be able to get involved too in the future.”