Students Staff

Chaplains and faith representatives

Our ‘resident’ Chaplains are:

  • Rev Julia Murphy – Anglican Chaplain (Colchester)
  • Fr Mark Swires – Catholic Chaplains (Colchester)

We have a number of Chaplains and faith representatives who offer their time to the Chaplaincy:

  • Anglican Chaplain

    Reverend Julia Murphy

    Reverend Julia Murphy

    As the Anglican Chaplain, I consider the University to be my parish; therefore I am available to anyone who lives and works here, whether they consider themselves to be Christian or of no particular faith at all.

    The Church of England, which is the Anglican Church in England, is part of the 'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church'. The Anglican Communion comprises 85 million Christian believers worldwide, and is led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.


    All services take place in MFC Space 1 unless otherwise stated.

    • Chill, Chat and Chew: Mondays fortnightly in term-time, 16:00 – 18:30
    • Midweek Communion: Wednesdays in term-time, 13:00 – 14:30
    • Breakfast Bible Study: Fridays in term time, 07:30 – 09:30

    I can most easily be reached on my mobile and am happy to meet with people one-to-one by appointment.

    Telephone 07779 266034 or 01206 873108


  • Buddhist Faith Representative



    I am chairman of the Colchester Buddhist Centre and your local Buddhist Faith Representative.

    Please feel free to contact me on any Buddhist matters. I am based at the Colchester Buddhist Centre in Colchester town centre. Visitors are always welcome.

    We run beginners classes every Wednesday evening at 7pm to 9.30pm, meditation is on Friday 1pm - 2pm and we will be starting a new Saturday morning class at 11am – 1pm. All classes are by donation.

    • Address: 2 Portland Road, Colchester, CO2 7EH.
    • Website
    • Facebook (Colchester Buddhist Centre)

  • Catholic Chaplain

    Father Mark Swires

    The Catholic Chaplaincy is here to provide spiritual and pastoral care to Catholic staff and students. This includes Mass in MFC Space 1 each Sunday at 12pm. We have Mass on some weekdays and the sacrament of Confession is available.

    We organise trips and social events (often in association with the Catholic Society). We are very happy to help people who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or to explore the meaning of life. All our events are open to everyone.

    Father Mark is also Parish Priest of Brightlingsea-with-Wivenhoe parish.


    All events take place in MFC Space 1.

    • Talk, prayer time and refreshments Mondays 6.30pm - 9.00pm
    • Prayer Mass and lunch Tuesdays 12.30pm - 2.30pm
    • Mass The second Tuesday of the month, 9pm - 12am
    • Prayer Mass, followed by snacks and speaker Thursdays 5.30pm - 7.00pm
    • Mass and lunch Sundays 11.00am - 3.30pm

  • Chinese Christian Fellowship Advisers

    Philip Edwards

    We are a Chinese Christian group run by students. My role is Assistant Chaplain, advising the CCF committee and encouraging Chinese students in their journey of faith. The CCF objectives are to share our faith with Chinese and other people, be trained in ministry, help campus Chinese with practical needs, and help the local Chinese church and learn of opportunities of serving in Christian overseas missions.

    I served in Taiwan as a missionary for 23 years, and am now a member of the Colchester Chinese Christian Church, The Salvation Army Colchester Citadel, Butt Road, Colchester, CO3 3DA.


    • Tuesdays, 4.30pm - 6pm, MFC Space 1
    • Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm, MFC Space 1
    • Fridays, 6pm - 9pm, MFC Space 1

    Also see the Chinese Christian Fellowship society.

  • Congregational Chaplain

    Justin Lunniss

    Reverend Justin J Lunniss

    My role is to work alongside the chaplains and to compliment the team to provide companionship assistance, listening ear, services and bibles studies and groups in a modern free style. My faith has grown through diversity, I gave my life and service to the Lord after I had an accident at the tender age of 16 years old that confined me to being a wheelchair user. At the age of 21 years old I became a Preacher and am now a Congregational Minister.

    I have been a tutor in the past and am currently studying a Theology degree so I also understand the pressures the students and staff are under. My style of worship is modern in a free church format and I will be offering these services to those that it appeals too. If you are interested in Bible studies these will also be available. Keep an eye out in the chaplaincy for dates and times.

    I will be available for coffee and chats and provide confidentiality. Congregationalism is not a denomination but a way of being church. There are no hierarchy and each church is independent and autonomous. No one church is the same. I spent all my working life in the music business as a performer, session guitarist, Tutor, record studio and teaching academy owner and musical director for choirs. This experience spills into the life of the church and my way of doing things. If you want to talk music and performance and modern worship, I’m your man.

    Telephone 07540 931683



    Local church address 101 High Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AB

  • Friends International

    We exist to help international students befriend one another and get to know some British residents well. We offer some events which are purely social and some which allow students of all faiths or none to investigate and discuss Christian teaching. All our events are clearly advertised so that students can choose what they would like to attend.

    Friends International is really happy to meet students from any country and any or no faith background. We also provide one social activity particularly for students' female family members where they can socialise together and practise their English.

    Enoch Kunarajah

    Ying Ping Wong

    Caroline White


    • iExplore: a Bible study group for international students: Wednesdays 15:30 – 17:00
    • iWomen a group for international women: Thursdays 12:00 – 14:30
    • iCafé: Thursdays 19:00 – 21:30


  • Greek Orthodox Chaplain

    Father Alexander Haig

    Father Alexander Haig

    Father Haig cares for the Orthodox staff and students of the University.


    • Thursdays 12pm - 1pm, Quiet Space.

    Telephone 07947 047201


    St Helen’s Church

    Maidenburgh Street, off High Street

    Colchester CO1 1UB

  • Methodist Chaplain

    The Methodist Chaplains contribute to the life of the University, supporting the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and assisting in its work and provision for all students.

    The Methodist Church cherishes its place in the Body of Christ. It is one of the largest Christian churches serving over 800,000 people in Great Britain. There are some 5,000 churches in Great Britain and Methodist churches throughout the world contribute to a worldwide membership of 80 million.

    Students are welcome to contact the Methodist Chaplains by email. Alan is the Superintendent Minister of the Colchester Methodist Circuit, John is a recently retired minister who will be available from time to time on campus this year and Phil is a Local (lay) Preacher who acts as liaison for Friends International.

    There are 10 Methodist Churches in the Colchester area and 18 on the Tendring peninsular. The Colchester town centre church is known as Castle Methodist Church, just off the high street, opposite the toy shop (known as ‘The Entertainer’). Alan is the minister here and also at Wivenhoe Church and Wimpole Road church, not far from the Hythe. John attends Great Bentley Church (on the way to Clacton) and Phil is a member at Wivenhoe Church - which is the nearest church to the campus and provides a helpful venue for several student activities.


    • Wednesdays, 5pm-7pm, MFC Space 1.

  • Quaker Chaplain

    Ecky Prolingheuer

    Quakerism is a way of life rooted in a transforming experience of the Divine. From this we seek to live out our principles of truth, peace, simplicity and equality, recognising that of God in everyone. Our meetings offer a place of welcome, encounter and spiritual exploration.


    • Colchester Quaker meeting house: Wednesdays at 12:30, Sundays at 10:30
    • Fridays 12:00 – 14:00, MFC Space 1. There will be a short meeting: for worship from 12:30 to 13:00 on those days followed by a 'bring and share' lunch
    • Sundays 10:30, Colchester Quaker meeting house

    You do not have to be a member to come. Quakers are not led by any priest or minister. There is no ceremony, but a silent time of united seeking for spiritual truth and light. Each person will have a unique path to follow. Anyone may feel moved to share their insights briefly with the meeting.


    Further information

  • Jewish Chaplain

    Prof Ewa Morawska - Jewish Chaplaincy adviser

    Ewa is a member of staff in the Department of Sociology and a member of the congregation of Colchester and District Jewish Community. She can provide information about Jewish high days and signpost you to local places of worship. Ewa has a full timetable in the department, so please contact her by email in the first instance and she will get back to you.

Our regular events timetable lists all of the events taking place in the Chaplaincy.