The chaplaincy team provides pastoral and spiritual care for students and staff of all faiths and none. We know that life is full of beginnings and endings, sad times and happy times, joys and challenges and that sometimes we need company and conversation. Naturally, we are always happy to talk about religion, faith and spirituality but in the context of pastoral care we would only do that at your request.
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The chaplaincy team are also here to support any religious needs you may have. We represent a variety of faith communities and have good links with those not immediately represented on the team. We are here to help you explore your spirituality and we can help with relevant academic projects that involve faith or spirituality.
We are not trained counsellors and the pastoral care we offer is not professional counselling. However, we are interested in journeys through life and will therefore listen attentively to whatever it is you want to share. We will listen attentively no matter what path you find yourself on. We believe that every individual has an inherent dignity – or put another way, that each of us is essentially good. This means that we welcome our encounters with other people knowing that we might learn as much from you as you might from us. We know that life is full of beginnings and endings, sad times and happy times, joys and challenges and that sometimes we need company and a listening ear. After listening we may suggest you access other support services and can help you with that.
We are a place of support for your spiritual journey, offering sacred space, companionship and conversation no matter what your starting place is and whether or not you consider yourself to be ‘religious’ or ‘spiritual’. We also offer specific support for religious needs – finding people and practical resources to enable you to practice your faith on and off campus. We have close connections with the Cornwall Faith Forum who help us to link students and staff with smaller faith communities that have a less visible presence on campus. We also offer support for anybody finding it difficult to be a person of faith and advocate on your behalf when necessary.
Our Chaplaincy Team
My name is Fran I have been the Catholic Lay Chaplain for Falmouth and Exeter university for two years. I moved to Cornwall fifteen years ago with my husband and two children and feel very grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
Hi, my name is Jan and I am a Quaker. I moved to Cornwall ten years ago with my husband and two cats. Sadly, my cats grew old here and are no longer part of the family. I am a vegan who loves baking and I enjoy being part of Red River Singers. I love walking, gardening, reading, labyrinths and laughing. I’m looking forward to meeting you.
Fr Anthony O’Gorman
Fr Anthony O’Gorman, parish priest of Newquay, Cornwall. Fr Anthony leads the annual diocesan youth pilgrimage to Lourdes and is experienced in supporting the faith of young people. He leads catholic Mass every Monday lunchtime on Penryn campus followed by lunch at the Chaplaincy, supported by Fran Freeman.
Pat McGovern is our dedicated chaplain for Truro Campus. Having spent a working lifetime in the world of Education, he is really enjoying support students and staff of all faiths and none as a Chaplain at the Medical School.
I have been a chaplain for four years. I retired to Cornwall five years ago having taught History and Criminology for thirty years in various universities upcountry. My two golden retriever dogs Obie and Bailey come into the chaplaincy with me on a Friday and they love their contact with the students. I go to Harbour church and I am also involved in a non-denominational discussion/prayer group in Mawnan Smith. I am also helping my wife to build a contemplative garden in land behind our house on the Helford Estuary
I am a Father to four and a Grandfather to seven and they are usually located in four Countries on three Continents! I have lived in London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Wales … and Paraguay! When repairing a car way back in the ’70’s the owner, whilst watching and waiting, reflected on my surname A.M.O.S.S. and suddenly said “All…Manner…Of…Services…Supplied!”
New to this chaplaincy role, I’m pleased to be here for anyone who feels Pagan, Buddhist, polytheist, atheist, agnostic, animist, pantheist, discordian, ‘spiritual but not religious’, ‘out there’ or generally ‘other’.