The spiritual provision at Saint Ambrose College underpins all aspects of school life. Our Chaplaincy area is thriving thanks to involvement from students, staff and our Lay Chaplain, Mr Murray.
As a Catholic community in the tradition of Edmund Rice, we strive to ensure our students’ experience here is rooted in prayer, liturgy and the example of Jesus. Our Chaplaincy provision creates time and space in which students can celebrate their faith, participate in the work of God, engage in spiritual conversation and deeply consider their own lives and the reality of the lives of others.
All our ministries and activities encourage all members of our community to Gather in recognition of the Holy Spirit moving amongst us, Listen to the perfect Word of God, Respond with love and understanding, and Go out beyond our walls spreading a message of justice and compassion.
We believe all members of our school community, of all faiths and none, have a responsibility to participate in the spiritual life of the school. We challenge our staff and students to embrace life fully, reach their potential, and live out the Gospel message.
'Act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God.' Micah 6:8
meet our chaplain
“My name is Mr Murray and I am delighted to be the new Chaplain here at St Ambrose.
The role of Chaplain is really important in any school. Not only will I help to provide all of you with meaningful faith experiences like masses, prayer groups and retreats, but I will also be working to ensure the school meets its commitments to social justice, outreach and compassionate action.
Maybe more importantly, though, I am another person that anyone (staff or students) can come to talk to at any time. It may be that you have questions around your faith life, but it might be that you just need to chat to someone about the pressures of school or what’s going on in your life. I am always available.
You will find me either in the Chapel, or in my office. My door is always open and I will always make time for you.”
- We value the opportunity for Weekly Mass every Thursday morning, hosted by individual form groups and very well attended by staff and students
- We gather for Whole School Mass on feast days, including that of St Ambrose
- Our 6th Form students lead a Rosary Group every Friday morning
- We provide opportunities to participate in, and reflect upon, the Stations of the Cross during Lent
- All our KS3 students participate in residential and day Retreats
- Our 6th Form students are encouraged to participate in a Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage every summer
- We are committed to exposing our senior students to the reality of life in the developing world through our Immersion Programme in Sierra Leone
- Weekly Thursday Thought reflections, inspired by the Gospel, are delivered by 6th Form students to form groups
- Form Liturgies are delivered to every form group during the week
- Our Chaplaincy Group, made up of students from all year groups, meet every Wednesday to pray, reflect, and plan activities
'For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.' Matthew 18:20
We are blessed with a beautiful Chapel here at Saint Ambrose, located at the very heart of our building. It is a sanctuary of quiet which every student will pass by each day. Our Chapel is always open to staff and students and acts as a hub for the spiritual life of the school.
'As I give all that I am, I find the place of truth, stillness, eternity, where you and I are one.' Karem Barrett
Walking in the Footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice
Our school is rooted in the charism of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice. He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice. May we follow his example of faith and generosity. Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service. Amen
'Have courage; the good seed will grow up in the children's hearts later on.' Edmund Rice