Epiphany Term 2015 - Number 6
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Dear <<First Name>>,

We write this Epiphany Term newsletter slightly belatedly, having just celebrated Easter. So we're not just celebrating the manifestation of the infant Christ to the Magi, but the manifestation of the risen Christ to his disciples. This is the good news which we hope to share in the life of Durham University.

An invitation...

Speaking of good news... we open this newsletter with an invitation to a Mass of Thanksgiving followed by Garden Party and Barbecue on Saturday 13 June 2015 beginning in St Cuthbert's Church at 12:15pm. This event has quickly become a favourite in the Chaplaincy's annual calendar, and we are pleased again to extend an invitation to alumni.
Please drop us a line at if you are able to come.

News of the Term

It has been something of an Episcopal Epiphany Term... our visiting preachers for the Student Mass have included our own Bishop Séamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle, and also the the Archbishop of Liverpool, Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon OP - a Dominican Archbishop visiting a Dominican Chaplaincy, shown here with fr. Ben when both were younger!
As Metropolitan of the Northern Province, Archbishop Malcolm is Chair of the Trustees of Ushaw College, and spoke of his hope for closer links in the future between the University and Ushaw College. We enjoyed his company at a dinner for all students after Mass.
Just a couple of weeks previously we welcomed Fr Richard Duffield Cong.Orat., formerly Provost of the Birmingham Oratory (where he numbered Blessed John Henry Newman among his predecessors), and now charged with establishing an Oratory at St Wilfrid's in York. Fr Richard celebrated and preached at the Student Mass and stayed as our guest for a Chaplaincy Dinner.
The Chaplaincy Choir continues to go from strength to strength; as well as singing at Sunday Student Mass and to a particularly packed church on the evening of Ash Wednesday, the Chaplaincy Choral and Organ Scholars sang at the Thanksgiving Mass for the University's Centre for Catholic Studies; again the celebrant was Bishop Séamus, and the setting the stunning St Cuthbert's Chapel of Ushaw College (right). The Mass was followed by the Centre's Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture given by Nigel Baker, HM Ambassador to the Holy See.
After Sunday Mass, "CathSoc Nights" on Wednesdays continue to be a major focus of Chaplaincy life: as well as an opportunity for prayer and a community meal together, we've looked at a range of topics including "Faith and Arts" (with fr. Dominic White OP, Chaplain to Newcastle and Northumbria Universities), "Being a Missionary" (with Paula Rondon of Ustinov College, who worked for a year as a missionary teacher in Ethiopia) and on being a saint in the modern age (right).
A full minibus went from the Chaplaincy to Ampleforth Abbey for the first weekend of Lent... and students learned the penitential practice of rising for Matins at 6:00am! But the weekend was also a tremendously enjoyable opportunity to get to know each other and the faith better.
Of course, all these events special event build on and support the daily life of prayer in the church, and the building up of the Catholic Community at the Chaplaincy. While now in the vacation the place is quiet, there are always students around during term.

Comings and Goings

Epiphany term sees the AGM of the Catholic Society and the hand-over from the retiring executive to the newly-elected one. Grateful thanks were expressed to Michael Wee, retiring President (pictured right, between new President Dominic Goodall and CathSoc member Beata Subczak), and all the outgoing exec, several of whom enjoyed it so much that they are staying on in new roles!
The new team is:
President: Dominic Goodall (Collingwood)
Vice-President: Anna Handy (Hild Bede)
Secretary: Philip Robinson (Hatfield)
Treasurer: Jonathan Edgar (St Aidan's)
Prayer and Worship Secretary: Connor Hey (Collingwood)
Social Secretary: Carmen Bowes (University)
Justice and Peace Reps: Hannah Jones (Trevelyan) and Claudia Wardle (Hatfield)
There are exciting plans for the coming year... so watch this space!

We're also pleased to announce that fr. David Goodill OP, who has been part of the Dominican Community in Durham since last summer, has now, with the agreement of Bishop Séamus, formally been recognised by the University as Assistant Catholic Chaplain.

Do you have any news for this section? Drop us a line at!

Can you help us?

Alumni are a very important part of the Chaplaincy community - and we do get asked from time to time how they can help the work of the Chaplaincy.

The first answer is always prayer - a vital work for the students passing through this place in a pivotal time of their lives. But we welcome other practical support, whether in offering your expertise, or perhaps sponsoring a retreat or CathSoc activity. Generosity of one supporter means we always have copies of the Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church to give away - free of charge - to students who need them.

If you would like to make a donation either to the Durham Chaplaincy, or to the University Chaplaincy work of the Dominican Friars, there is more information available at, or get in touch with us on

Pass it on...

There are still lots of Catholic alumni of Durham out there whom we're not in touch with, so do please pass on this e-mail with Catholic friends from your time in Durham - perhaps by sharing on Facebook or tweeting on Twitter using the buttons at the bottom of the message.

Thank you for your continuing prayers and support!

With every good wish in Christ,

fr. Benjamin Earl OP

Dominic Goodall
CathSoc President 2015-2016

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