Welcome! Congratulations, you have done extremely well to be accepted into Oxford Brookes!
The Oxford Brookes Catholic Chaplaincy is for all students and staff. It is led by a Catholic priest appointed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham (Fr. Prem Fernando) with any staff and students who wish to play a part in it, and is open to all. The Catholic Chaplaincy is always welcoming and open to your creative participation.
Journeying with friends
We attempt to be friends to all, and to exclude no one. Life in the University can be demanding, so we create a friendly welcoming atmosphere to all. Each and every one of you is very important to us. You are unique, and you have something special to offer to our life here. So here’s the opportunity to release your strain and stress and be yourself. We offer quality social activities including parties, BBQs, games, trips and sporting activity, with lots of fun and opportunities to meet one another.
Search for meaning
Religion must be able to answer the questions of life today in a meaningful, sensible way to validate its existence.
In the chaplaincy at Oxford Brookes, we try to create the opportunity for discussion to take place. We like to be challenged, so we can search with you for a deeper meaning and purpose in our life, and all that we propose for the betterment of humanity. This is the Oxford Brookes ethos; to ‘value education that inspires our generation’.
Here we create the opportunity to challenge, discuss and question what you believe, or don't believe! Chaplaincy is a hub to question faith, dialogue with other faiths and indeed engage faith with various disciplines and the questions they raise throughout our university experience. In the Chaplaincy, religion and belief is opened to questions from the believer and to help us find our raison d'être within this university and the world. We hold discussions, speaker’s corners, formal talks, study and reading groups.
Doing God and religion
Yes, we do religion. Here’s the opportunity to practice your Christian calling faithfully as a Catholic, or search for it within the diversity and richness Christianity and all the religions of the world as a sensible and caring person. We provide pastoral care with a Catholic priest appointed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham and recognised by the University. Fr. Prem is on hand available for mass, sacraments, spiritual direction, guidance and lots lots more. There is space and time for you to pray in solitude or in community. There is the opportunity for you to come to know better your Catholic Christian faith in the wonderful settings of Oxford. Here is the opportunity to practice your faith without fear, shame or doubt.
Would you really want to look for anything more while in the intellectual city of Oxford?
Mass and pastoral support
Holy Mass on Sundays
Sundays, 6.00pm during semester time (from Sunday 25th September)
Staff and students have the wonderful opportunity to come together on a Sunday as a university community and celebrate mass with their Catholic Chaplain. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to belong to the family of God and we do so not necessarily to fulfil our Sunday Obligation but for the conviction that it helps us to grow as a child of God. It is an expression of our humility, the need for God, His assured grace and blessing, given to us in the sacrament. It is an opportunity for us to explore our faith and to come together with others. A finger meal follows Holy Mass, with an opportunity for a chit chat and a social. If you are a Catholic or not, you are most welcome.
Lunchtime Spiritual and Scriptural Reading
Thursday lunchtimes, 12.00-1.00pm
Join Fr. Prem to read your favourite scripture, or any spiritual reading, and share a thought. Bring your own reading to share or come listen to others. Bring your lunch and join us with a friendly chit chat, we will serve tea and coffee. Staff and students of any faith or none are welcome.
On 8th December, we will first attend Carols Around the Tree before moving back to the Garden Room around 1pm for our discussion.
Location: Garden Room, Buckley Building, Headington campus