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The UCD campus will close once the Autumn Trimester wraps up on Wednesday 23rd December. It will be re-open on Monday 4th January but there will be services and events available to students on campus during that time.

Christmas Morning Mass:

Christmas morning Mass will take place at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Church, Belfield at 11.00am. Sunday Mass will also take place on 20th, 27th December and 3rd January. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and high demand, this service is fully booked and there are no more places available.

Christmas Morning Breakfast & Woodland Walk:

Sadly, due to recent restrictions, we have had to cancel our Christmas morning Breakfast and Woodland Walk in partnership with UCD Global. We are really disappointed as this is such a special event for students living on campus but we hope we will be able to be together in the new year. 

Remember that the UCD Chaplains Fr. Eamonn Bourke, Fr. Brendan Ludlow and Scott Evans are available to provide support over the Christmas period. You can find our contact details here.

‘To love and serve in all things’ would be an appropriate motto for our chaplaincy service, but also for all women and men of good will. 

One of the key roles of chaplains is to support and care for those who are suffering, particularly those in the UCD community who have experienced loss or bereavement. If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone in confidence, please get in touch with one of us through our Meet the Team page.

Chaplains and students also share concern for the needy in our society and in our world. UCDVO was founded by the chaplains and it now involves hundreds of UCD students in a variety of projects abroad (South America, Haiti, India, Africa, etc.).  St. Stephen's Chaplaincy continues to be a venue for societies with a concern for social justice and service. The chaplains also work with students in UCDSVP (UCD St. Vincent de Paul Society), offering financial assistance to students who find themselves in urgent and critical need. 

UCD Chaplaincy also creates the space for discussion and dialogue around the major human questions, including questions of faith. On our News & Events page, you can find out about our ecumenical and inter-faith events which open up inspiring and uplifting dialogue and sharing across the broad spectrum of faiths and traditions represented on campus. Everyone is welcome — from all faiths and none. 

UCD Chaplaincy creates space for students to nourish and nurture their spiritual lives and their faith. 

We welcome all students to our beautiful contemplation room at the gable end of St. Stephen’s chaplaincy. It is open from 8am to 9pm daily, for anyone who would like to drop by, enjoy some quiet time, pray a little or just relax into a warm and welcoming devotional space. On our Links page, you can find out more about the different faith groups hosting events on campus and at St. Stephen's.

The contemplation room not just a place of silence and solitude.  It is also a place of prayer and worship. A student Mass takes place there every Sunday at 9pm.

An important part of our ‘contemplative outreach’ is the provision of retreat opportunities – time away to reflect on life’s challenges and struggles, space to come home to oneself, and find inner peace. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for all chaplaincy retreats and Facebook events. 

UCD chaplains are available for one-to-one human/spiritual accompaniment of students who may wish to speak in confidence to a trusted other. 

The old Irish tradition of Anam Chara (Soul Friend) captures well this kind of accompaniment.

We have a lovely counselling room in St. Stephen's Chaplaincy where you may meet with one of the chaplains in complete privacy or find us in our offices.

See our Meet the Team page to get in touch with one of us. 

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