The latest news from the Dean's Office and Chaplaincy Team:
- James Orford appointed Organist, St Paul's
Organist to the Choir of King's College London, James Orford, has been appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral, effective from January 2018.
Find out more here.
- Faith in Action - Making space for students to meet
In a video for Faith in Action on the Church of England website, Anna Beaven, a dental student at King's College London, explains how the Chaplaincy at Guy's Campus brings students together. Revd Jim Craig, who runs the campus Chaplaincy, looks at engaging students of all faiths and none in creative ways.
Anna also talks about how the Guy's Chapel is a peaceful space that she knows is open for her at any time of the day.
You can watch the video here.
- New Chaplains - Revd Nigel Cowgill & Fr John McFadden OMI
Revd Nigel Cowgill is a Methodist Minister serving in the role of District Chair for the Methodist Church in London. Before entering the ministry, he worked as a youth and community worker and has also been National President of Methodist Association of Youth Clubs.
He is committed to ensuring that the Church has a voice within Education and Civic life and has served on a number of local authority bodies such as Chair of Waltham Forest Borough Faith Communities Forum. Nigel says, "I am delighted to join the great team of Chaplains at Kings."
Fr John McFadden is a Roman Catholic Priest belonging to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate – an international missionary order of priests and brothers at the service of the Church.
A native of Glasgow, he joined the Oblate order in 1990, professed final vows in 1996 and was ordained priest in 1999. He studied for a primary degree at Milltown Park Jesuit College Dublin before completing his studies at the Oblate Theological College, Cedara Durban, South Africa.
After a short time as an assistant priest in Liverpool, he moved to Edinburgh where he fulfilled various roles as Parish Priest and School Chaplain. His principal ministry during the last 14 years has been as a fulltime Prison Chaplain serving both male and female establishments.
Following a short sabbatical, he was transferred by his religious order to the Oblate House in Kilburn where he has responsibility for vocations ministry. Fr John says, "I now look forward to being part of the community at Kings, serving in the capacity as RC Chaplain."
- Passchendaele Commemoration (1914-1918), Guy's Memorial Arch
Peter Frost, a previous member of staff at King's, undertook an Honour Guard beneath the Guy's Memorial Arch on Monday 31st July to commemorate the centenary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele.
This took the form of the Guard that he performed for 12 hours the previous year to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. He wore full Great War Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) uniform to replicate that of the many Staff and Students that had served as surgeons, medical orderlies and stretcher bearers.
Indeed, of the 432 Staff and Students of Guy's, King's College and St.Thomas' Hospitals who made the supreme sacrifice in the 'War to end all Wars', the very first name inscribed on the Guy's memorial is that of Captain Harold Ackroyd VC MC who had been both Student and Staff member at Guy's before volunteering to join the RAMC in 1915. One year later, his bravery and devotion to duty on the Somme would earn him the Military Cross whilst equally brave deeds would result in the award of the Victoria Cross on the very first day of the Passchendaele offensive. Sadly, this was to be awarded posthumously as just eleven days later, he was shot by a sniper whilst tending to the wounded in no man's land.