What we do - we support and welcome all students and staff so Chaplaincy is at the heart of College life.
St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College Chaplaincy, at the heart of our college, invites all to get involved in building community, to journey together in growth into faith and to share in the mission of God. The Chaplaincy aims to fulfil its mission to all in our community by enabling opportunities for engagement in prayer and exploration of faith journey, and by growing community through living the Gospel message in action supporting mission within college and reaching out to our local and global communities. Our Chaplain, John Lux, supported by Fr. Richard McKay and our Chaplaincy team of staff, students and governors, works with student leaders to develop and grow the work of our Chaplaincy.
Key areas of focus for groups involved in our Chaplaincy Leadership are ‘Exploring Faith’, ‘Liturgy, Prayer and Music Worship’, ‘Interfaith’ and ‘Social Justice and Action Groups’(SJAG) with ‘Human Rights’ the ‘Cafod Young Leaders Programme’ engaged in global and local charitable support activities.
Students in the Chapel
The mission of our Chaplaincy reflects the rich diversity of our community, engaging with students and staff of different faiths and none. It is also diverse in that different areas of our college community work collaboratively and take lead roles in aspects of the work of our Chaplaincy making it a real whole community mission. Our Chaplaincy develops because of the inspiration, leadership and support of staff and students across our college community.
Involvement in the Diocese
We are closely involved with the mission of our Catholic Diocese. At the heart of our mission is the call of Bishop Declan, Bishop of Clifton Diocese, for us to work to ‘Deepen prayer, Enable Communion and Strengthen Mission’. Diocesan conferences, Chaplaincy Leaders
Student leadership and support in Chaplaincy... Students are supported in getting involved in leadership roles by our Chaplain and Chaplaincy team.
Students are encouraged to take a lead role in the development of our Chaplaincy. Chaplaincy leaders are supported in exploring faith and areas of Social Justice and to support the wider mission of our college in reaching out to our local and global communities.
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Our Aquinas Community
Our Chaplaincy is active in Supporting the faith journey of young people in our Catholic Primary and Secondary schools through to joining us at St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College.
We support Chaplaincy leadership and training across our Seven Aquinas Catholic primary schools with a training and activity day for young Chaplaincy leaders involving fun teamwork activities, talks and workshops on the work of Cafod and relevant Diocesan themes which our young Chaplaincy leaders can take back into their school communities to engage and share with their peers in assemblies and chaplaincy prayer and activities. We invite these leaders back in the summer, on St. Brendan’s Day, for a celebration of their leadership in Chaplaincy and encourage them to continue the journey of service and witness into their secondary schools. We hope they will one day be the leaders of Chaplaincy in St. Brendan’s; supporting young chaplaincy leaders in their old primary schools. We partner with St Bernadette’s R.C. Secondary school Chaplaincy to offer a retreat day at the end of the summer term for our Aquinas year 6; celebrating our Aquinas Community and encouraging our young people to aspire to journey forward in their education and faith communities. The year 6 are very familiar with our college community as they have as Year 5 pupils a fantastic Aquinas sports day organised through our St. Brendan’s Sports Union in partnership with sports students in St. Bernadette’s; It is great that they are already beginning to feel they belong in our college community.
Our community is:
- St Bernadette's Secondary School (http://www.stberns.bristol.sch.uk/)
- St Bernadette's Primary School (http://www.st-bernadette-pri.bristol.sch.uk/)
- Christ the King Primary School (http://www.christtheking.bristol.sch.uk/)
- Holy Cross Primary School (http://www.holycross.bristol.sch.uk/)
- St Patricks Primary School (http://www.stpatricksbristol.org.uk/)
- St Joseph's Primary School (http://www.st-josephs-pri.bristol.sch.uk/)
- St Pius Primary School (http://www.st-piusx.bristol.sch.uk/)
Chaplaincy Enrichment at St Brendan's
Chaplaincy also facilitate a number of groups which all students can get involved with, such things as a 'Music Worship and Gospel Choir', 'Social Justice and Action Group', 'SJAG Human Rights group', 'Cafod Young Leaders Programme', as well as being involved in a wide range of cross college Chaplaincy activities - click the pink button to find out more!