Chaplaincy

What is Chaplaincy about?

The chaplaincy team offers a caring presence to all staff and students at UWS; encouraging spirituality, offering hospitality and creating community. We do this by embracing our diversity, encouraging conversation and respecting our similarities and differences. Our role is to encourage a spiritual life within the University. Our key aim is to help you get the most out of your time at UWS. Our chaplains come from a variety of spiritual traditions, offering:

  • a safe place and an open ear
  • opportunities to nurture, express and explore your spirituality
  • links to religious groups and faith communities
  • connection of life and faith through critical thinking, exploration of ethical issues and action for social justice
  • care and support in times of uncertainty, crisis and loss
  • thoughtful acts of service with, and for, others
  • a free and confidential service 

Multifaith events

  • Stay tuned for events in 2014

Multifaith facilities 

Multifaith facilities are available for students and staff on all UWS campuses.

 

Muslim Prayer
Rooms

Prayer & Meditation
Facilities

Bankstown

Building 10.G.19 (Female)
Building 10.G.20 (Male)

Building 10.G.13
Campbelltown Building 2.2.02 Building 2.2.07
Hawkesbury Building P22 Building P23
Parramatta Building ESa, Room 1 Building EF, Room 4
Penrith Building H Building H

These Multifaith facilities are founded on the spiritual places of the Darug People, the traditional caretakers of this region.  They are available for all who hold to a faith tradition as well as those who do not. They offer a safe place to meet, pray, reflect, meditate or simply take some time for yourself.  There are multifaith libraries to browse, chaplains to chat with, groups to connect with and religious festivals to celebrate. Multifaith facilities are places where your inner life is respected and honoured.

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Campus contacts

Campus Phone Contact Email
Bankstown (02) 9772 6526 Richard Blight r.blight@uws.edu.au
Campbelltown (02) 9685 9324    
Hawkesbury (02) 4570 1614    
Parramatta (02) 9685 9324 Christine Gapes c.gapes@uws.edu.au
Penrith (02) 4736 0803 Christine Gapes c.gapes@uws.edu.au

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Denomination contacts


UWS is served by chaplains from a broad range of denominations/faith traditions:

Anglican

 
             
Contact name Phone number Email
Richard Blight

(02) 9772 6526

           

0422 282 893

r.blight@uws.edu.au

           

richardblight@optusnet.com.au

Cameron Howard 0422 427 939 cameron.w.howard@gmail.com

Buddhist

 
         
Contact name Phone number Email
Anita Lau (External Advisor)

(02) 9966 8893

office@buddhistcouncil.org

 

Catholic

 
         
Contact name Phone number Email
Fr Andrew Fornal

(02) 4721 8945

                     

0405 200 937

afflo123@me.com

Coptic Orthodox

 
         
Contact name Phone number Email
Fr Matthew Attia

0418 283 114

fr.matthew2@bigpond.com

Islam

 
             
Contact name Phone number Email
Hanan Dover (External Advisor)

0422 908 323

h.dover@missionofhope.org.au

Ataur Rahman (02) 4736 0145 a.rahman@uws.edu.au
 

Jewish

 
         
Contact name Phone number Email
Shailee Mendelevich

(02) 9381 4281

shailee@hillel.com.au

Presbyterian

Contact name Phone number Email
Rev Peter Barnes

(02) 9774 5740

                               

0450 506 324

peter.barnes828@gmail.com

Latter-day Saints

 
             
Contact name Phone number Email
David Lakisa

(02) 9841 5318

                                         

0405 103 302

david.lakisa@ldschurch.org

Anthony Neil

(02) 9841 5371

                                           

0420 309 157

NeillA@ldschurch.org
 

Uniting Church

 
             
Contact name Phone number Email
Christine Gapes

(02) 4736 0803

                                                     

0422 498 371

c.gapes@uws.edu.au

                                                     

cgapes@bigpond.net.au

Ben Weir 0401 077 404 bencweir@hotmail.com

UWS is also visited by other denominations/faith traditions. For more information please contact Christine Gapes  on 0422 498 371  or alternatively via email c.gapes@uws.edu.au.

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Faith information brochures

»  Buddhism [PDF, 122.05 KB] (opens in a new window)
 »  Christianity [PDF, 101.35 KB] (opens in a new window)
»  Hinduism [PDF, 195.26 KB] (opens in a new window)
»  Islam [PDF, 135.3 KB] (opens in a new window)
»  Judaism [PDF, 178.6 KB] (opens in a new window)