The Chaplaincy

Father Dominic Allain, Parish Priest of St Osmond’s Church, Barnes, is also the School Chaplain at Cardinal Vaughan. He describes his role below.

The School Chaplain’s role is first and foremost to pray for the School community, and to celebrate the sacraments in School. His function is also the pastoral care of pupils and staff. At one time, the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School had full-time diocesan priests on the staff. Now, alas, when these are fewer in number, it relies on priests who have also have parish responsibilities.

A number of different priests from the diocese come in to say Mass on Wednesday mornings. On Friday I spend a whole day in school, beginning with the celebration of Mass at 8.30, and then celebrating the Sacrament of Penance for selected form groups for a large proportion of the day. I also teach Sixth Form General RE and visit other classes at the request of the RE staff. At lunchtime there are devotions in the Oratory and the School week concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3.40 p.m.

Father Dominic Allain


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