As chaplaincy provision has broadened, so too has the possible range of those able to undertake such a ministry. The Bishops' Conference report from the working party on collaborative ministry says that:
'Ministry is rightly understood as the service based on baptism and confirmation to which all are called. In this sense, it overlaps with, and flows into, mission. It is the forms of life and activity through which the baptised express their discipleship in the various areas of their life; home and family; neighbourhood and wider society; parish and diocese (Christfideles Laici 59). The word ministry has come to be used almost to signal that these daily activities are indeed mission.
Ministry can also be seen as some particular public roles or actions to which individuals are called by the Church and which they carry out for and on behalf of the whole body. Those who are Eucharistic ministers, catechists and readers are usually the most visible examples of lay ministry. But there are other roles which some would argue should be seen in this light.' (The Sign with Give)
(Taken from: Chaplaincy - The Change and the Challenge p. 13)
Refugees and asylum seekers
The weekly ‘prayer circle’ is important for some of the refugee and asylum seeker women at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). It gives an opportunity for them to share and pray together in a safe and loving environment. It has also allowed them to build trust and community together. They have an extraordinary faith and belief in God: a God who is with them through all their difficulties. I receive so much from being with them and they both challenge and nourish my own faith. (Mary Toner)
I offered a training day to volunteers of the Jesuit Refugee Service on ‘spiritual accompaniment by heart’. It was an opportunity to share some insights from the world of spiritual direction to those who regularly exercise a ministry of ‘support’ to destitute refugees at the JRS day centre and detainees held at the Heathrow removals centre. The people present appreciated very much the opportunity to share with each other their experiences. I was very touched by their witness of ‘loving, authentic presence’ and the way that it is communicated with or without words. (Kate Stogdon)
Universities are full of young women and men seeking knowledge and learning in order to further their way of life. They come to University for various reasons and as a member of a multi-faith chaplaincy there are plenty of opportunities for discussion and a deeper search for meaning, to explore and deepen their faith. Read more