The Rev’d John Ardis
Early in this decade the authorities in UCC and the people in the Chaplaincy
wanted to consider the possibility of a more ecumenical Christian Chaplaincy in the University. The first fulltime Church of Ireland Chaplain was appointed in 2002, continuing to receive his church stipend etc. the University would reimburse the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross half the cost of maintaining the chaplain.
The mission statement of the chaplaincy is: ‘Instead I call you friends’ John 15v15.
Iona, the chaplaincy house, launches and affirms networks of friendship, awareness and care, opening possibilities for personal and spiritual well-being, with students and staff in UCC. All our work is Christ andChurch centred.
As well as masses and liturgies in the Honan Chapel the chaplains have a student team of eight to plan and provide activities. These include heritage pilgrimages, retreats, trips to religious sites abroad, taize prayer, and each year the team organise a charity ball. this year all the proceeds will go to the Mercy Hospital in Cork, which suffered badly in the recent floods, as did much of the university accommodation itself.
The chaplains at UCC offer a listening ear and support to students and staff in need.
Iona is a drop in spot for many students, of all religions and none. While we take our religion seriously we try not to take ourselves too seriously. For many students the chaplains are the first clergy who meet them on their own terms. Our constant object is to commend students and staff to the care of God, through His son Jesus Christ our and their Lord.
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