Bishop Challoner Chaplaincy is integral to the spiritual life of the community. It aims to be present in every aspect of Federation life and to constantly remind students of their worthiness and talents. The Federation Chapel, the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy, offers students and staff a quiet place to reflect, pray and meet God. Mass is said regularly onsite and the Holy Rosary is said twice a week. Throughout the year, we have Federation Masses to mark important events, there are pilgrimages to Lourdes and Rome and also regular retreats for students of all ages.
Retreats and Pilgrimages
Throughout the year our students take part in a programme of retreats, some in London and many at the St Cassians Centre in Kintbury. These retreats provide our students with the chance to pause, reflect and grow closer to God.
For the past two years our Chaplaincy has also led a Year 10 Pilgrimage to Lourdes in the south of France. During the pilgrimage, students spend a reflective spiritual week learning about the Story of Saint Bernadette Soubirous and when in 1858 the Virgin Mary, mother of God, appeared to her eighteen times. We accompany Christ’s final journey to Calgary with the life-sized Stations of the Cross. The staff and students get reflective points throughout the week within their groups whereby they discuss key themes and learn to support one another.
Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy
We are very proud of our roots. After arriving in East London, the Sisters of Mercy set about doing God’s work by looking after the poor within their communities. In honour and with our thanks, we dedicated our new Federation Chapel to the Sisters of Mercy who live in the Convent nearby still to this day. Students use the chapel daily, enjoy its peaceful atmosphere and feel invited to spend time in God’s presence.
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