The school chaplain ministers to all members of the school community: pupils and their families, all staff and governors.
Historically the role of chaplain primarily involved the provision of the sacraments and was fulfilled by a priest. Most Catholic Secondary Schools and an increasing number of Primary Schools in Britain now have paid lay chaplains who usually work along side local priests. The role has broadened out to include:
Jesus spent time with people, meeting them in their own environment and walking alongside. The principle role of the school chaplain is to do just that in the name of Jesus.
School chaplaincy is a varied and rewarding ministry. There is no such thing as a typical day in school chaplaincy however they often include:
A phrase that sums up school chaplaincy is “wasting time in school”.