Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Southend Campus

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at our Southend Campus is a welcoming place for staff and students to meet, interact and engage in a positive and peaceful manner.


The Chaplaincy and adjoining prayer room at Southend Campus offers a space for prayer and quiet reflection.

How to find us

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy is on the 2nd floor of the Gateway building, close to the Elmer Suite and Student Common Room.

Contact us

Please note, the Chaplaincy is supported by volunteer chaplains (who also support South Essex College) so isn't always staffed. If you need urgent assistance, there are also a range of Student Support services available at the University.

Chaplains and faith representatives

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

Baptist church representatives

  • Wednesdays – Rev Jim Kilpin, 10am - 12pm
  • Thursdays – Viv Owen, 10am - 12pm

Catholic Chaplain

Fr Mark Swires is the Catholic Chaplain for the Southend Campus. He is available Sunday evenings in term time at St Helen's Catholic Church.

Father Mark Swires


Mobile: 07843 758961

Southend Catholic Society (CathSoc)

The president of Southend CathSoc is Christine Njeru. Email Christine if you have any queries CathSoc hold regular meetings and also organise trips. This year they ran an Isle of Wight retreat, attended by students from Southend and Colchester campuses.

Local churches

Many students at the Southend Campus go to the Sunday evening Mass at 6pm at St Helen’s, Milton Road, Westcliff. This is the nearest church to University Square accommodation. The Southend Campus Catholic Society meets most Sundays in the parish hall after the 6pm Mass at St Helen’s.

Southend faith societies

Local places of worship

Looking for a local place of worship? Our Chaplains are happy to signpost you, whatever your faith. Just drop in, or email us.

Contact us
Contact us
Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Administrator
Telephone: 01206 873952