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Multifaith Chaplaincy


 

COVID–19 Update: The Chapel is open 9am–8pm to individual visitors as a place of quiet, prayer and reflection for people of all faiths and none.

There is a service of Morning Prayer 8:45–9am Monday to Friday, and a Chaplain is available afterwards if you would like to talk.

This and many other chapel services are currently streamed live via our Facebook page.

 

The Chaplains are available to listen if you would like to talk to someone. During lockdown we can meet you via MS Teams or speak on the phone. Get in touch with any of us via the links to the right or email chaplaincy@royalholloway.ac.uk if you're not sure who can help.

 

The Chaplaincy aims to support Students and Staff in building supportive communities of faith, where fundamental questions can be explored and a deep personal search for meaning is encouraged.

We are here to offer support to the whole university community. Whatever you believe, whatever your background, whoever you love, whatever your struggles or doubts, and wherever in the world you are, we want to hear from you.

Chaplains

Revd Orion is a Church of England Chaplain, Fr John is the Roman Catholic Chaplain, and Nisar Shaikh is our Muslim Chaplain. Chaplains are available to see all members of the College – students and staff, of any faith or none. 

You do not have to be religious to see a Chaplain: we are practiced listeners and have a wealth of experience in supporting people through relationship, work and study difficulties, and vocational issues, as well as dealing with spiritual questions. If we are unable to help, we often know who can. You can speak to any one of us. If you’re not sure who might be best for you, you can email the Chaplaincy directly.

Places of Worship

We have two places of worship on campus, our Chapel in Founder’s Building and our Muslim Prayer Room in Wetton’s Annexe. There are regular services of worship in both spaces but they can also be used for quiet reflection and prayer. The Chapel is usually open from 8am until 9pm, but please take note of any signs to let you know if it's in use for a service, concert or rehearsal. The Muslim Friday Prayer (Jumm'ah) is held on campus in term time during Terms 1 and 2 only. This takes place each Friday in Hall A Wetton's Annexe with the sermon (Khutbah) starting at 1.15pm and prayer starting at 1.30pm. All are welcome.

Muslim Prayer Room Access

Your college card can be enabled for 24hr access to the Muslim Prayer Room — to arrange this please contact Nisar, the Muslim Chaplain.

Contact us

Anglican Chaplain 
Revd Dr Orion Edgar 
Founder's East 158
Tel: 01784 443070 
Mobile: 07421 354837

Catholic Chaplain 
Father John Dickson
Founder's East 156
Tel: 01784 414358
Mobile: 07709 938568

Muslim Chaplain
Mr Nisar Shaikh (part time)
Founder's East 158 
Tel: 01784 443950

Chaplaincy & Weddings Coordinator
Jackie Barber
(9am-2:30pm, term-time only)
Founder's East 156 
Tel: 01784 443950