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Our Work

Chaplain Philip McKinley and student

What we do:           

  • Confidential and non-judgmental listening
  • Pastoral care for students and staff
  • Spiritual accompaniment
  • Provide Inter Faith services and links with faith communities
  • Offer support in times of crisis, stress or even success
  • Bereavement support for students and staff
  • Home and hospital visits
  • Provide opportunities and spaces for prayer and reflection
  • Provide sacramental services, including eucharist, baptisms, weddings, etc.
  • Link students and staff with other support services, both within the university and in the wider society
  • Sit on various committees within the university
  • Organise charitable drives
  • Support student activities, particularly clubs and societies 

Why you may like to talk to a chaplain:

  • To discuss personal problems, including family difficulties
  • If you are having trouble adjusting to life in DCU, whether as a student or staff
  • To discuss academic or career difficulties
  • If you have experienced loss or bereavement
  • Personal illness or illness of someone you care about
  • If you would like to explore your faith or the spiritual side of life
  • If you would like a Chaplain to pray for an intention
  • Need help and support in making a decision.
  • Resolve an issue from the past in order to move on.
  • And for many other reasons

Where appropriate, DCU Chaplaincy will recommend and encourage support from other DCU departments or from third parties outside the university. However, all communications with the chaplaincy are presumed private and confidential. No information will passed on except with the explicit consent of the service user, or where legally stipulated.