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Matthew 25

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Chaplaincy at Cardinal Newman

At Cardinal Newman, the ministry of Chaplaincy is lead by the Chaplaincy Leader Mrs. Kathleen Thompson. The Chaplaincy Leader’s office is located in the forum with a door always open, friendly smile and she can always be reached at extension 3120.


Co-ordination and Leadership
The activities, programs and services offered through Chaplaincy department are many and varied. To ensure a school’s Pastoral Plan is realized, the Chaplaincy Leader works with and co-ordinates the efforts of students, colleagues and the clergy

Bridge Building
The school community is a rich mosaic of people with different capabilities, needs and motivation within varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The Chaplaincy Leader has the unique role of “bridge builder” within the school communities mosaic which includes a working relationship with our local parishes, home and school.

All people are called to prayer, but the Chaplaincy Leader has the leadership role in initiating prayer and in assisting other to pray through daily prayer, meetings and gatherings, modelling, and prayer resource. Presently every student in grade 9, 10 & 12 students participates in at least one special prayer service in the chapel through religion program

The Chaplaincy Leader is responsible for preparing and co-ordinating liturgies for the school. Eucharistic liturgies are held school wide in the gymnasium while liturgies with small numbers are held in the chapel. Presently every student in grade 11 will have the opportunity to experience an Eucharistic liturgy in the chapel at least a year through the religion program

The Chaplaincy Leader has responsibilities with regard to the sacraments especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Priest from our local parishes assist us by providing the sacrament of reconciliation at least twice a semester in small groups and through appointments.

Crisis Response
The Chaplaincy Leader is called upon as a resource of spirituality, comfort and guidance in times of crisis and grief.

Justice and Peace
In affirming the dignity of the human person, Catholic Social Teaching calls us to challenge all that prevents the sacred fulfillment of humanity. One of the mission of the Chaplaincy program at Cardinal Newman is to promote peace through justice, so that an authentic expression of love can blossom. Our annual Pilgrimage: Walk with Christ, Adopt-a-Family and Food Drives, volunteering at the Good Shepherd are just some of the Justice and Peace activities that occur at Cardinal Newman

Designing and coordinating a retreat program to enhance the spiritual life of the school community is an important part of the Chaplaincy Leader’s role. Retreats are offered annually to our grade 12 students through their religion program. It is an opportunity for them to prayerfully consider the many challenges they face, at this important junction in their lives. Grade 12 retreats are an integral part of the school curriculum and all students are expected to participate in them.