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.

We are privileged to have such unrivalled facilities at the Catholic chaplaincy: our own church dedicated to St Thomas More, the Flat where we meet for tea and toast and which has one of the finest views in the university and the comfiest sofas, and the wider use of the chaplaincy centre for social gatherings.

Besides you can be sure of a warm welcome from our Catholic chaplaincy team: from the newly-founded CathSoc and from Adhy (from Indonesia), and Fr Philip (the Catholic Chaplain).

So, what sort of things do we do? Definitely, they’ll be the celebration of the sacraments and times for prayer and opportunities for learning about your faith with Bible study, catechesis, prayer groups, and the development of a music ministry.

We hope that there will be a range of outreach both on the campus but 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 want to organise pilgrimages and trips – locally to places around Lancaster, but also further afield: to Lindisfarne, Iona, and York. After World Youth Day in Krakow, how about a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Rome, or even a trip to the Holy Land?

The chaplaincy could develop in many different directions depending upon where you want to go with it. The important thing is to come and get involved, and to 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