University Coordinating Chaplain (Anglican)

Catherine Lack

Catherine Lack

I arrived at Newcastle in September 2009 and I’m excited by new opportunities in the chaplaincy. I am also Vicar (or technically “Master”) of St Thomas’ church... That’s the big one just below the University campus, nearly opposite King's Gate.St. Tom's is a friendly place and is open everyday from 10 till 4 if you want some quiet space.

In practice, I spend most of my time during the week around the University, and the two jobs complement each other very well.

I was ordained in 1992 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Yes, that does mean I was one of the first women priests – and a great party we had of it. I was chaplain at Keele University for several years; and since then I have worked at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre, and latterly as Warden of a small Retreat House. I have therefore worked with people from all over the world, encouraging people’s spirituality and their thinking in all areas of life.

I delight in working with students and staff of all faiths and none; and never stop learning. I feel passionately that Christ’s love extends to all, and that as Christians we have a huge amount to offer.

I live nearby, I like walking, and am passionate about whales and dolphins, ecumenism and encouraging people to be passionate about their own faith, while having a respect for one another. To that end, I encourage interfaith events with all faith societies.