The Chaplaincy is a safe and welcoming space for people of all faiths and none.
Our role in the college is to provide a holistic care within the College community by recognising and responding to the pastoral and spiritual needs of students and staff.
An "Open Door" policy exists to enable students of all faiths and creeds to feel welcome and to seek support, especially in times of distress, illness and bereavement.
The Chaplaincy team work in close co-operation with the student support services on the college campus.
We would like to highlight that if discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief has affected you, you are always welcome to discuss concerns with the Chaplaincy.
How Can We Help?
The Chaplaincy seeks to foster a sense of community on campus where the individual student and staff member is valued and cherished. The Institutes chaplain provides a range of services to students including:
- Pastoral Care
- Personal Support
- Faith Development
The basic role of the chaplain is to be involved with others in the provision of holistic care within the College community. Holistic care is concerned with the whole person and includes their social, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well being.
Chaplains are pastoral practitioners who seek to build a relationship through compassionate presence and thereby offer help and support to a wide range of people. Such support might (for example) focus on the adjustment to College; help in crisis situations, including family/relational issues as well as bereavement care; or on the search for meaning and purpose through difficult times; are all regular areas of chaplaincy involvement.
Chaplains work collectively and collaboratively alongside other educational professionals to provide psycho-social-spiritual services for students. A chaplain seeks to motivate and initiate meaningful use of each individual's beliefs and attitudes in the management of their lives as students The chaplain's role is supportive, serving along with others, as a guide and support to the psycho-spiritual needs of the students.
Involvement with College staff also forms another area of pastoral responsibility for the chaplaincy team. They are always available for staff support and advice and are often involved in staff advocacy (eg disciplinary proceedings).
Quiet Reflection on Campus
The Quiet Room (2nd Floor of Student Services, beside the Doctor's Office) is open all day and is a place for reflection or if you just want to get away and give yourself space in a peaceful environment. Why not drop in? Please feel free to come here and reflect peacefully.
How to contact us and where to find us?
The chaplaincy is generally available on Campus from 9am – 5pm everyday during term time and students may also contact them via email.
The Chaplain's office (F117) is located in the Student Services Centre. Appointments can be made by telephone at extension 2246 or through Student Services Office +353 (0)42 9370452
If the Chaplaincy team cannot provide the support you request, they will direct you, as necessary, to those who can.