Welcome to the Catholic Chaplaincy at UEA Welcome to the Catholic Chaplaincy at UEA

It is staffed by a full time Chaplain, Rev Andrew Eburne, and Fr Padraig Hawkins, our visiting Priest Chaplain who is around at Mass times. Mass is celebrated in UEA's Multifaith Centre on campus on Sundays and Thursdays in term time. 

The Catholic Chaplaincy website can be found at www.UEACathChap.org.uk which gives a more detailed version of the information on this site. There are also regular updates on the Chaplaincy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UEACathChap/

Deacon Andrew is currently on secondment to Allen Hall Seminary in London, so is on campus on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.  Outside term-time he is based at the Cathedral, at the opposite end of Earlham Road to UEA.

Deacon Andrew is here to:

  • help anybody at UEA to settle in and find their way around,
  • support and encourage your life in the Church,
  • provide a 'home from home' in the UEA community
  • listen to your spiritual and religious questions, whatever your beliefs, while at UEA,
  • and offer specifically Catholic sacramental preparation on request - just come and ask!

UEA's Multifaith Centre is found on the square at the heart of campus. It provides a welcoming space for all members of the University community. You can come here to relax, meet people, enjoy light refreshments, or spend time in public worship or quiet thought.  It's a popular gathering place that welcomes students and staff of any or no faith.

UEA's Multifaith Centre Team are always glad to meet students and staff socially and pastorally. All Chaplains offer everyone at UEA a sympathetic ear in total confidence - no need to book an appointment, just pop in. The Catholic chaplaincy is part of UEA's Multifaith Centre, which is there for all UEA students and staff - of any or of no faith.

Catholic Chaplains - Office Hours

The Chaplain is normally in UEA's Multifaith Centre in term time

Monday: 8.30am - 4pm

Thursday: 1pm - 8pm

Sunday: 4pm - 8pm

UEA telephone: 01603 592168 voicemail when absent

Email: Andrew.Eburne@uea.ac.uk

The Catholic priest who serves UEA is Fr. Padraig Hawkins.

Fr Padraig is usually available in term time on Sunday for 6pm Mass, and on Thursday for 6 pm Mass.

The Sacrament of Confession is available before and after Mass on Sunday and Thursday, and at other times by arrangement.

N.B. in an emergency out of centre opening hours, please ring St John's Cathedral on 01603 624615.

Mass Times - in term time only

Sunday Mass 6 pm, upstairs in the Centre on campus

Thursday Mass 6 pm in the Centre followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Confessions Sunday or Wednesday before and after Mass, and at other times by appointment - ask the Chaplains


CathSoc is the society of students who make up the Catholic Community. They are engaged in all aspects of chaplaincy, from Mass preparation to social events, from faith discussion to outreach. The CathSoc Committee meets two or three times per term to plan activities. To make contact, e-mail the President, Lara Dela Cruz – L.Dela-Cruz@uea.ac.uk.  The best way to stay in touch with CathSoc is via the CathSoc Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ueacatholicsociety/

Useful links

CES Catholic Education Service

CES eteach Catholic teaching vacancies

Diocese of East Anglia Our local Diocese

National Office for Vocations

Sacred Space, daily prayer on-line

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich (www.sjbcathedral.org.uk)

UEA University of East Anglia

The Vatican

Student Union Societies