Vicariate for Education

Department for Educational Chaplaincies

Pope Benedict XVI said to young people, “You need to know what you believe. You need to know your faith< with that same precision with which an IT specialist knows the inner workings of a computer. You need to understand it like a good musician knows the piece he is playing. Yes, you need to be more deeply rooted in the faith that the generation of your parents so that you can engage the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and determination.” The Department for Educational Chaplaincies, led by Fr. PJ Smith, is concerned with the evangelisation and formation of young people. It includes School and Academy Chaplaincies, University Chaplaincies, the Youth Ministers’ Team, and the Youth Mission Team.

The Department for Educational Chaplaincies is led by Father PJ Smith.


School and Academy Chaplaincies

The team comprises all Catholic chaplains, paid or voluntarily working within the schools and academies of the diocese and meets at least once or twice a year for prayer, discussion and mutual support.

University Chaplaincies

The team of university chaplains is co-ordinated by Sr. Catherine Cruz.


The Youth Ministers Team

This team, coordinated by Tom Sellars, is comprised of all Catholic youth ministers within the diocese, employed or voluntarily working within the parishes and pastoral areas, and meets at least once or twice a year for prayer discussion and mutual support.

The Youth Mission Team

Led by Father PJ Smith, this team will be comprised of up to 6 lay members whose role is to assist and support the Director of Educational Chaplaincies.

Here is an update of some Youth Ministry Events that have taken place place during the summer


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