Hello, I am Miss Woods, the Lay Chaplain to the College. My role, along with the Chaplains and Ecclesia Leaders, is to support students and staff in their faith and ensure that there is a well-planned College programme that acknowledges the rhythms of the Liturgical year while also providing opportunities for students to live out their faith in action.
The Chaplaincy is a space for students and staff to explore their own faith and provides opportunities for this faith to be lived. With discussion groups, social action projects and a firm “no such thing as a silly question” policy, the Chaplaincy helps members of our community to grow in faith, whatever that faith may be.
Chaplains to the College
At St Bede's and St Joseph's we are incredibly fortunate to be supported by active and involved local clergy, which means that in addition to our College Chaplain, Fr Keiron Walker (Dean of Bradford), we are also able to have individual House Priest Chaplains for each of our five Houses and our St Benedict’s Sixth Form. Our House Priest Chaplains offer spiritual guidance for students and staff within the House teams and enable us to make excellent links with Parishes across the Bradford Deanery, by means of working formally in calendared House Masses and other Catholic Life events, and less formally by belonging to the House family and being present as part of the House team. All of this enables us to develop a distinctly Catholic identity across the houses in the College that models the best practice as seen in Catholic Public Schools.
Mgr. Paul Grogan
Chaplain to St Matthew’s house and Parish Priest at The Parish of Mary Mother of God, Bradford.
Fr. Gregory Knowles
Chaplain to St Mark’s house and Parish Priest at St Cuthbert’s and First Martyrs, Bradford
Fr. Anthony Jackson
Chaplain to St Luke’s house and Parish Priest of The Parish of St Francis of Assisi and Immaculate Conception, Bradford.
Canon Keiron Walker
Chaplain to St John’s house and Parish Priest of The Parish of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Shipley.
Canon Jim Callaghan
Chaplain to St Benedict’s Sixth Form and parish priest of St Mary & St Monica (Our Lady & St Joseph, Aire Valley) Cottingley
The role of the Ecclesia Leader is to secure a strong Catholic ethos and identity within each House, working closely with House Leadership, the Lay Chaplain and House Priest Chaplain to provide spiritual, community and charity opportunities for students to engage in to support their character formation. House Ecclesia Leaders also support House staff and students in the planning and delivery of collective worship, House Masses, services and other whole college Catholic Life events.
Ecclesia Leaders (ID 1227)