The latest news from the Dean's Office and Chaplaincy Team:
***As things stand, the Dean's Office & Chaplaincy team are working remotely and are available via email.
- Chaplaincies are open for pre-arranged 1:1 appointments with a Chaplain only
- The College Chapel is open to King's staff and students only for private prayer
- The Chapel of Thomas Guy is open for private prayer
- Quiet Rooms remain closed until further notice
- Muslim Prayer Rooms remain closed but are being readied for King’s staff and students to access for private prayer soon
Please note the current advice from King's re Coronavirus***
King's has announced the appointment of the first female Dean in its 191 year history - we are delighted to welcome The Revd Canon Dr Ellen Clark-King, Vice Dean and Canon for Social Justice at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, to the team and to King's.
She succeeds the Revd Tim Ditchfield FKC who has been Acting Dean since July 2019, and will be in post from December 2020.
Dr Clark-King said “I am excited and honoured to be appointed as the new Dean of King’s, and am looking forward immensely to being a part of the life of this dynamic and diverse university, and to working with its excellent Chaplaincy team.”
Responsible for fostering and promoting the spiritual development and welfare of King’s diverse international multi-faith community, the Dean oversees the worship and the provision of pastoral care to all students and staff. It is a role that is highlighted in the original 1829 royal charter for the university, which has the explicit aim of ensuring that students are provided with an education that considers carefully the spiritual dimension to life.
Other key parts of the role include liaising with external religious and faith organisations and groups, overseeing the delivery of the successful Associateship of King College London (AKC) programme, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within King’s and providing pastoral, moral and welfare support to those that need it. Although founded in the tradition of the Church of England, present day King’s is home to a diverse community of students and staff from the across the world with a wide array of backgrounds, cultures and religions.
- New Roman Catholic Chaplain!
We are delighted to announce that Fr Toby Lees has joined the Chaplaincy as a Roman Catholic Chaplain (Strand Campus), succeeding Fr Thomas Skeats.
Fr Toby, a Londoner, studied law at Cambridge and was a solicitor in the City for seven years. Whilst working, he studied Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition at Maryvale Institute, where he was introduced to the Dominicans and decided to join them.
In 2012, he ditched his suit for a habit, and entered the novitiate in Cambridge. After a year, he moved to Blackfriars, Oxford, where he studied philosophy and theology. He was then sent to Rome where he lived at the beautiful Basilica of S.Clemente, and studied for a licence in moral theology at the Angelicum. He wrote his thesis on the passion of sorrow and the vice of acedia in St Thomas Aquinas and what his thought might contribute to a contemporary understanding of depression. His particular academic interest is the crossover between moral theology and psychology. He was ordained a priest a year ago, and has recently moved back to London where he is assigned to the Dominican Priory at the Rosary Shrine, Haverstock Hill.