On Saturday 30th January 2016 the Chaplain and students at the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy played host to Archbishop George Stack, the First Minister of Wales and other invited guests for the official opening of their new home at Nazareth House in Cardiff. Newman Hall has been dedicated to the patronage of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the greatest theological minds to grace the Church in England and Wales.
The chaplaincy left its former home at 62 Park Place at the end of the last academic year to take up residence in the renovated former Nursery School at Nazareth House. Moving to the new location gives the Catholic students of Cardiff University a new set of facilities in which to study and grow in faith and friendship together. The chaplaincy at Newman Hall now includes:
- a series of en-suite student accommodation – for which their is a waiting list already!
- access to suitable liturgical and worship space in the form a church (dubbed the University Church) and a purpose built oratory.
- function hall in which to host the various chaplaincy events during the year including formal dinners and guest speakers etc.
- purpose built library for study and with access to excellent reading materials for leisure and spiritual reading.
More importantly, the students now have the ability to take part in pastoral work and visit the elderly residents of Nazareth House. The Sisters of Nazareth and the residents of the house are already expressing their delight at having the students come by to visit and even entertain everybody. Such work is simple and encourages human encounter and works of Mercy within the student population.
A wonderful occasion
Archbishop George Stack was principal concelebrant at the Opening Mass, after which he formally blessed Newman Hall and cut the ribbon. He was joined by the Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Gareth A. Jones, priests of the Archdiocese and other clergy who in some shape or form have a connection with the life of the Chaplaincy.
Notable guests included the First Minister of Wales, Mr Carwyn Jones, and his wife Lisa; the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, who gave the second reading; the Provincial of the Sisters of Nazareth; various ecumenical and inter-faith representatives; and the sisters and residents of Nazareth House.
Newman Hall was one of the Centenary Projects for the diocese in this Centenary year. We look forward to more news coming from the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy very soon.
Photographs from the Opening of Newman Hall
Archbishop George’s Homily