Special Events

In addition to our regular weekly activities during term time, we often organise special events to take place both at the Chaplaincy and on the wider campus...see below for details of forthcoming items.


Chaplaincy Silver Jubilee Year

The academic year 2016/17 marks the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Gatehouse Chaplaincy Centre on 16th October 1991.

Our special events this year, both the regular and those arranged as extra, will contribute to the celebration of this landmark.

Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

We are planning a very special Thanksgiving Service at Leicester Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 15th October 2017 to bring to a close this landmark anniversary year. Bob Fyffe, General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, has agreed to preach, and a variety of people will be taking part in the ecumenical service.

Many of our friends from the past 25 years right up to those currently at the University today will be attending, and we would be very happy to welcome you along too!

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Drop into the Chaplaincy to see a display of our history!             Jubilee Display




Francis Campbell delivered the Chaplaincy Lecture for 2017 on Friday 10th March at 5.30pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre, entitled 'Faith and Education – Challenges and Contributions’.

 Francis Campbell


Francis Campbell holds BA in Political Science and Scholastic Philosophy - Queens University Belfast; MA in European Integration - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; MA in International Relations - University of Pennsylvania, USA (Thouron Fellow)


He has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), the Pakistan Institute of Business and Technology (Karachi), and the President’s Medal from the Catholic University of America. He is also an Honorary Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.

He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a member of HM Diplomatic Service in 1997. Francis has worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, the European Union, the FCO, and in Italy. From 1999-2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No.10 Policy Unit, and then as a Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy. From 2005-2011 he served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. From 2011-13 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan. From 2013-2014 he was the Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UK Trade and Investment. In 2014 he was appointed as the St Mary's Twickenham logoVice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.


Francis is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, London. He serves as a governor of St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, and also of St. Elizabeth’s School in Richmond, Surrey. He is a trustee of Forward Thinking, a London based NGO and Think-Tank. Francis is a columnist for The Tablet magazine and is also a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.

He has lived in the United States, Poland, Belgium, Pakistan, Italy and Ireland. He speaks Italian and French. 













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