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Chaplaincy

Spiritual development is a huge part of growing as a Xaverian student.

The Chaplaincy isn’t just a place. It’s an opportunity to live out and share the Xaverian values across the wider community.

Our Chaplaincy team, alongside students, organise a full programme of activities and events that help us all carry forward the Xaverian values.

Next to the Chapel, the Chaplaincy Social Area is open every weekday and is the perfect place to grab a brew and kick back with friends old and new – and maybe even treat yourself to some art therapy.

what's on?

The Chaplaincy team gets involved in all kinds of activities:

Christian Union group

meeting regularly for prayer, debates, guest speakers and to organise community projects

Tea and Talk fundraisers

for the Mental Health Foundation

Macmillan Coffee Mornings

Crafty Corner club

gathers every Thursday to learn new artistic skills in a relaxed and fun environment

Diverse Film Club

showcasing films spanning all cultures and corners of the world

Masses at Christmas

when everyone comes together for readings, offertory gifts and beautiful singing

Helping those in need

Xaverian recognises our obligation to helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
 

In recent years we’ve raised hundreds of pounds for local homeless shelters and those living in poverty through sponsored sleepouts, car washes, dress up days, bake sales and sponsored sporting events.

We also host an annual Christmas party for local senior citizens.

And at Lent many students volunteer for our 24-hour sponsored fast.

Serving the world

Students of every faith come together for our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in France when we travel by coach and ferry to support the sick, elderly and disabled. 

We provide assistance at the local hospital and in hotels to help the assisted pilgrims enjoy a comfortable and spiritual week of rest and relaxation. This isn’t just a gesture of goodwill – it’s an uplifting, humbling and unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

The History of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary recalling her apparitions in 1858 in the grotto at Lourdes, to Saint Bernadette Soubirous. Our Lady instructed Bernadette to dig in the ground nearby, from which came a spring with healing properties, active to this day. At first, Bernadette was subject to a degree of ridicule and shunning from her community. After a thorough investigation, though, the apparitions were approved for devotion by the Catholic Church in 1862. A shrine was built there, which remains a popular place of pilgrimage. The latest (and 69th) approved miracle involving a healing in the water of Lourdes took place in May 1989 and after extensive investigation was approved by the Church in July 2013. The spring that Saint Bernadette discovered went on to become a large river which now runs through the town of Lourdes, and is siphoned off to water fountains around the town and to baths in which pilgrims can bathe. The spot of the apparition has been since hollowed out and is now known as the Holy Grotto at Lourdes, where pilgrims may sit in quiet reflection. 

FIND OUT MORE

Esther Knowles is the College Chaplain and here to support you on your spiritual journey during your time with us at Xaverian.

To contact Esther, email chaplaincy@xaverian.ac.uk

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