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Newman Association – ‘University Chaplaincy: is it really necessary?’

19 February, 2020 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Fr Marc Lyden-Smith (Chaplain to the University of Sunderland) and Mary Palmer (Assistant Chaplain)

For many, university chaplaincy provides a lifeline of support and pastoral care at a critical time in a young adults’ life. It also allows young Catholics to meet, grow in faith as a community and establish friendships that often extend way beyond graduation. A recent study has supported the positive effects of university chaplaincy on student retention and a sense of belonging to their community, especially for international students seeking a home away from home. Sunderland University Catholic Chaplaincy is based within a large city-centre parish to which Fr Marc Lyden-Smith has served for 5 years. Alongside his roles as chaplain to local primary and secondary schools and Sunderland AFC, Fr Marc is passionate to engage students in the life of the parish and to support their spiritual and pastoral needs during university. Mary Palmer (the Assistant Lay Chaplain) started in September 2018 after graduating from the University of Birmingham. She works alongside the students to organise various events which welcome all students into the community. She is enthusiastic to change the stereotype that university is a time “for young people to abandon or lose their faith” and instead recognises it as an exciting time to explore and grow in faith. Fr Marc and Mary both look forward to visiting Middlesbrough to share their experiences in University Chaplaincy and their hopes for the future.

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Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TW United Kingdom
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