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New Chaplain welcomed by Bishop of Exeter

Released: 14.01.15

The Bishop of Exeter will welcome a new Chaplain to the University of St Mark & St John next week in a prestigious ceremony.

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell was installed as the Bishop of Exeter Cathedral in 2014. He leads the service on Monday 19 January as the new Chaplain, Reverend Nicholas Griffin, takes part in the official Licensing Service.

A momentous occasion for the university, the event will be attended by members of the Clergy, the local community and students and staff.
As part of the service the Reverend Cate Edmonds of the Diocese of Exeter, also a University Governor, will present Reverend Nicholas Griffin to the Bishop to be licensed. She said: "Licensing of a priest is always a very special occasion, where the priest reaffirms their declarations made at their Ordination.”

“The Licensing of Reverend Nick Griffin as the 6th full time, ordained Chaplain at the University of St Mark & St John is particularly special as the University moves into a new and exciting phase of its long history. We pray that Nicholas will uphold the traditions of the Chaplaincy but seek to develop new traditions as the University grows."

Reverend Nicholas Griffin said: “‘As a South West family, we are delighted to move to Plymouth and I am honoured to be the new Chaplain and serve the staff and students at the University of St Mark & St John.”

“The Chapel is a place of worship, prayer and reflection for any who wish to use it. It is a beautiful and restful space at the heart of the University. During the day it is normally available as a place of sanctuary and quiet prayer and as Chaplain, I’m happy to chat about anything at all, whether it is a private matter, a matter of faith, a general discussion, or just a quick 'catch up'.”

Reverend Griffin joins the University from Frome, where he worked as a Curate in Holy Trinity Church working with teenagers and young people in the community. He previously worked with homeless young people at Bridgwater YMCA. With a degree at Moorlands College, a Masters degree from Oxford, he is currently researching a PhD at Kings College London.

At the heart of the University, the Chaplaincy Centre and is open to the public for social gathering, quiet reflection and prayer. Whilst maintaining its Christian integrity, the Chaplaincy Centre is fully inclusive, welcoming people of any faith and none and has a multi-faith room reserved for prayer, meditation and silent reflection.

The University of St Mark & St John is a Church of England Voluntary Institution. Term time Christian services in the Chapel include Holy Communion and daily prayer at 8.30am Monday to Friday.

The Chaplaincy Centre also has a choir and runs a public lecture series. Visit for more information or telephone the Chaplaincy Office on 01752 636700 ext 6528.

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