The Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack, has appointed Fr Nicholas Williams as Catholic Chaplain at the University of Cardiff, in succession to Fr Sebastian Jones. The appointment will take effect at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2021.
Fr Jones was appointed chaplain by Archbishop Peter Smith on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, 8th December 2009. He was the first Catholic chaplain in the role of Co-ordinating Chaplain at Cardiff University.
Generations of students have good reason to be grateful for the dedication and ministry of Fr Jones as their chaplain over the last 13 years. Fr Williams will be able to build on the legacy he has inherited and take the chaplaincy forward in these new and challenging circumstances of university life.
A member of the Ethics Committee of the university, Fr Jones also worked closely with the University’s Student Support Services. A Fellow of the University of Cardiff Centre for Law and Religion, he lectured in the Codes of Canon Law for the Western and Eastern Churches as part of the LLM degree course since 2010.
During his time he has overseen the extension of the work of the Catholic Chaplaincy. In addition to the current premises at 62 Park Place he was responsible for the establishment of Newman Hall, a student Hall of Residence situated in the newly renovated buildings which provided the erstwhile nursery at Nazareth House.
In August 2019 Archbishop Stack invited the Oratorian Community in Formation to accept the pastoral care of St Alban’s Parish, Splott. Fr Jones was appointed the parish priest.
Commenting on the appointment Fr Jones said: “I warmly welcome the appointment of Fr Nicholas Williams as Catholic Chaplain to the University. He will bring the same dedication and enthusiasm to the chaplaincy as he displayed when he re-founded the CathSoc at the University of Portsmouth. I give thanks to God for the years of ministry at Cardiff University; they have been a precious time to me. I thank all the outstanding staff and students who have supported and contributed to the life and witness of the chaplaincy during that time. I particularly wish to record my thanks to Ben Lewis who is responsible for the provision of chaplaincy and the university and for his tireless work for the welfare of students.”
Fr Williams said: “I am grateful to the archbishop for appointing me Catholic Chaplain at the University of Cardiff, my home city. I feel privileged to be entrusted with the sacred duty of caring and accompanying the students in their journey of Christian faith and discipleship and in providing for their sacramental lives.
“I thank Fr Sebastian for the legacy he has handed on to me through his work as chaplain. I look forward to building on the foundations which he has laid.”
Picture: Fr Sebastian Jones, Archbishop George Stack and Fr Nicholas Williams.