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Chaplaincy

ChaplaincyStarting your studies in Letterkenny is a very important step in your life. For some it may mean leaving home, friends and familiar surroundings for the first time. While it is exciting and you look forward to making new friends and becoming that little bit more independent, for some, starting in college and getting used to a new way of life proves to be a difficult and even lonely time.  

The Chaplains are available and only too willing to help in whatever way they can:

  • Fr John Boyce (Catholic Church), 074 918 6830, is full time and is available on campus every day.
  • Rev Andrew Watson (Presbyterian Church), 004478 632 88937 / 074 913 6226, by appointment
  • Rev'd Canon Harry Gilmore (Church of Ireland), 074 915 1013, by appointment.

Our service is student based and follows through to home and family life particularly with regard to illness, bereavement and loss.  The Chaplains’ priority is to treat students with respect and dignity in all situations within and beyond the Institute. The Chaplains’ form part of the network of counselling services and will be happy to listen to students concerns and to offer advice or to refer to other specialist services where appropriate. Students are most welcome to drop by and chat in a friendly and informal manner.

A daily Mass is celebrated in the Colmcille Oratory at 10.30 am. The Colmcille Oratory is situated immediately behind the Students' Union shop. Times for Mass, services and other events will be posted beside the Colmcille Oratory and on notice-boards.  The Colmcille Oratory is open to everyone. It is a place of prayer, a place of refuge, a place of silence amidst the noise and bustle of college life.  It is open to all members of the college community to “come aside and rest awhile”. 

Fr John Boyce is located in An Dánlann in the Student Services Suite and is available throughout the academic year; the other chaplains are available by appointment. 

Contact

Fr John Boyce
College Chaplain

074 918 6830
john.boyce@lyit.ie

Useful Links

Catholic Diocese of Raphoe 
Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe 
Presbyterian Church - Youth Section
Appleseeds