Welcome to the Catholic Chaplaincy at Lancaster University.

Let the light of your face shine on us Lord; you have put gladness in my heart.
— Ps. 27:1

You will join many clubs and societies at university and grasp many new opportunities, but the chaplaincy cuts across all of these, gathering students from every background, nation, and tongue in a shared celebration of our Catholic faith.

On campus and within the Chaplaincy Centre, you will find our own chapel with a beautiful mural of the Transfiguration. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas More, statesman, scholar, father and saint. Upstairs in the Centre you will find the Catholic Flat where we meet for social events and gatherings. You can be sure of a warm welcome from our Catholic chaplaincy team: from members of our thriving CathSoc, from Clerin (who is resident in the Flat), from Ruth (the Associate Catholic Chaplain) and Fr Philip (the Catholic Chaplain).

So, what sort of things do we do? Many of the students who plug into the chaplaincy find that it provides something of family atmosphere. During the week, Mass is celebrated on campus and there are other opportunities for prayer and learning about your faith with Bible study, catechesis, speakers, reading groups, and the development of a music ministry.

There are also opportunities for outreach both on the campus and also in the local neighbourhood. We have contacts with the hospice and hospital, different schools, the local prison, late-night street pastoring and homeless project as well as work with charities such as Mary’s Meals, CAFOD and Aid to the Church in Need.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for socialising, film nights, cultural trips and visits to the Lake District.

We also organise pilgrimages and trips – locally to places around Lancaster, but also further afield: to York, Durham, Liverpool, and we have recently run pilgrimages to Rome and walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostella, and been on retreat to Ampleforth Abbey.

Please come and get involved, and bring your friends too. Over the course of your time at university, you are sure to go through all sorts of ups and downs. Remember, that wherever you are, you are always welcome to pop in, have a cup of tea, seek advice and help, and to be at home.

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Mass & Prayer Times in the Chaplaincy Centre

Tuesday  >> 1pm Mass
Wednesday >> Adoration 5-6pm
Thursday >> Adoration 12pm >> 1pm Mass
Sunday >> 5.30pm

See newsletter for any variation to these times.

Confessions available in the sacristy before weekday Masses, and half an hour before Sunday Masses, or by appointment at any time. Holy Hour and Adoration at 5-6pm on Wednesdays (with Evening Prayer) and 12-1pm (with Rosary) on Thursdays.

Neighbouring Mass times at

  • Cathedral of St Peter, Balmoral Rd, Lancaster LA1 3BT. 6.30pm on Saturday night, 10.30am and 6.30pm on Sundays, 12.15pm on weekdays. www.lancastercathedral.org.uk

  • St Bernadette’s Church, 120 Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 4HT. 6.30pm on Saturday night, 11am Sunday, 9am weekdays.

  • St Joseph’s Church, Slyne Rd, Lancaster LA1 2HU. 6.30pm on Saturday night, 10am Sunday, 10am weekdays. www.stjosephs-lancaster.co.uk