On Wednesday 8th November pupils from the Clifton Diocese secondary schools and colleges gathered for the chaplaincy commissioning service at Clifton Cathedral. Bishop Declan celebrated the pupil’s commitment to be ambassadors of the Catholic faith in their schools and colleges. Pupils from St Peter’s High School have reflected on the day.

“Today we went to the Chaplaincy Commissioning Service at Clifton Cathedral I really enjoyed the day. It helped me to feel closer to God and I felt proud to represent St Peter’s. Our team shared some of the things we do in school. I hope what we shared encouraged the other schools.”

“I found today’s Chaplaincy Commissioning Service very inspirational particularly what Bishop Declan said about us ‘walking with’ others as part of our role on the Chaplaincy Team. It is our duty to walk with our peers and with our brothers and sisters all around the world to aid and support them.

I really did feel the Holy Spirit come over me and I am really looking forward to continuing my Chaplaincy work.”

“I enjoyed going downstairs and doing the prayer station activities I wrote a prayer for a country in need, completed the labyrinth and made a cross.”

“We stopped at the services on the way back to school and got to send some time with each other reflection on our day.”


On Thursday 12th October pupils from some of the Catholic primary schools in Clifton Diocese gathered for the chaplaincy commissioning service at Clifton Cathedral. Bishop Declan, Canon Bosco and Deacon Paul Brandon celebrated the pupil’s commitment to be ambassadors of the Catholic faith in their schools. The Little Way schools led the celebrations with children from St Thomas More and the Catholic school of St Gregory the Great reading and the pupils from St Mary’s school in Churchdown singing beautifully. The schools and colleges dept would like to thank the schools for attending and are looking forward to seeing what the chaplaincy teams will do during the year.

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