VOLUNTEERING & appointment Opportunities
"For if we have received the love that restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?"
Pope Francis, EG 8
Volunteering gives us a way to expand our horizons and serve others. At the chaplaincy, we organise a number of local volunteering activities but also have links with organisations that offer opportunities outside of term.
LOCAL VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES
Unversity offers a privileged time to explore ways of serving others. There are regular local volunteering activities based at the chaplaincy. Why not explore the options listed below and pop along to join in if you would like to.
Seel Street Soup Kitchen
The Chaplaincy has had a long association with the Missionary of Charity Sisters at Seel Street. The sisters have regular soup Kitchens at 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and Sundays (following 3pm mass). The sisters especially expect students on Fridays and a group normally walk down from St Philips at 3:30pm. We are also regularly involved with Night Fever at the sisters.
Members of the chaplaincy meet regularly at 6 pm on Wednesdays to prepare Sandwiches and hot drinks to share with the homeless in the city centre. This has been a simple and effective way to share what we have with other; Both in a material way and also in terms of faith and friendship.
At the chaplaincy, we try to support the work and campaigns of CAFOD and have been involved in some recent campaigns organised by the committees CAFOD rep!! Look at the CAFOD website for more information www.cafod.org.uk
OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE OF TERM
Why not do something special with your University holidays? Perhaps you are considering taking a year out after you graduate. Many Catholic organisations offer such opportunities. Take a look at the links below to explore some of the options.
Gap Year and Vacation Opportunities
Every year a group of Catholic young adults age 18-25 volunteer to serve as missionaries at SPEC in order to enter into a year of formation: intellectual, spiritual, communal, and pastoral. These young adults form our missionary family, committed to living an authentically Catholic Christian communal life-based at SPEC’s home in north London
Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy Assistant Chaplain £19,000 p/a plus rent free accommodation
The Oxford University chaplaincy team provide Catholic ministry to the students of the University of Oxford through a full and varied programme of liturgy, spiritual development and outreach.
We are currently seeking to appoint an Assistant Chaplain with experience of ministry and an ability to engage with students and staff in the support of their spiritual development.
Hours of work: 40 hours per week for 40 weeks per annum with on-site accommodation Appointment start date: Sept 2019 Closing date: Wednesday 17 April at 12 noon Interview date: Monday 20 May
Please download the job description from our website
To apply send a CV and covering letter to Monica Turner at
Vacancy Lay Catholic Chaplain - University of Nottingham Full-time position for 1 year. An exciting live-in opportunity to work alongside a Chaplain as part of a large, active Catholic Community, as well as working as part of a dynamic and diverse Chaplaincy team. For more information, or to apply, please email Father Jonathan Rose (Catholic Chaplain) at (if you are applying, please attach your CV with at least two references) Closing date for Applications: Monday 6th May 2019 with interviews to be held on Friday 10th May 2019
As a recognised Assistant Catholic Lay Chaplain to the University of Nottingham, the Catholic Lay Chaplain works under the guidance of the ordained Catholic Chaplain and as part of the team of chaplains recognised by the University. He or she plays a full and active role in the team, e.g., by attending team meetings and ecumenical events.
As Catholic Lay Chaplain, your duties will include:
• Being a welcoming presence in the Chaplaincy’s hospitality room on the University’s main campus.
• Assisting the ordained Catholic Chaplain in the pastoral care of Catholic members of the University of Nottingham and in building up their spiritual, liturgical and religious life.
• Assisting in catechesis and outreach at the university, helping staff members and students to live out their Catholic faith in the circumstances of their daily lives.
• Being responsible for the setting-up before, facilitating of, and tidying-up after the celebration of Mass on Sundays throughout the year and on holydays of obligation and other weekdays during term. This would also include maintaining various Mass centers across three campuses, as well as keeping altar linen and other Mass equipment in good condition.
• Leading the Catholic community of the university in their prayer life, including regular morning and evening prayer. In addition to this, coordinating other acts of worship, both liturgical and devotional.
• Acting as an listening ear and confidant to staff members and students alike, being empathic and manifesting an unconditional positive regard to all. This will involve working with other members of Student Services to ensure that staff and students receive requisite and appropriate support.
• Managing administrative duties and room bookings on behalf of the ordained Chaplain. This will also include preparing the weekly bulletin and other publicity material, as well as maintaining the Catholic Chaplaincy website and other social media.
• Supporting the University of Nottingham Catholic Society.
The Lay Chaplain is provided with lodging in Newman House, the Catholic Chaplaincy’s student house, and is responsible for the managing of it on a day-to-day basis. It is a genuine occupational requirement that the Lay Chaplain be a baptised, confirmed and practising Catholic. For a more detailed job description, salary and any other enquiries, please email Father Jonathan Rose at