University of Surrey Catholic Chaplaincy
Welcome to the University of Surrey Catholic Chaplaincy website. The Catholic Chaplaincy at Surrey is here to support you in your faith, your daily life and in your experience of University life.

Mass on Campus and Shared Meal

Mass will resume on Campus from Sunday 11th October in the Quiet Centre at 6pm. All are welcome. There will also be a shared meal.

Pope Francis' New Encyclical

Read the Pope's encyclical on the environment and stewardship of creation. The title is taken from St Francis' Canticle of the Creatures, one of his best known prayers, which praises God in His creation.

Being Catholic at Surrey

The University offers a wide range of opportunities to learn and gain experience. The Chaplaincy aims to offer you a real experience of Catholic life, through:
  • Meeting with other Catholics
  • Prayer and Devotions
  • The Mass
We have regular Sunday Masses on Campus. There is also a weekly Newsletter during Semester - to go on the mailing list please email John

St Thomas More

St Thomas More

The Patron of the University of Surrey Catholic Chaplaincy is St. Thomas More (1477/1478-1535). He was a humanist scholar, author and statesman. He served King Henry VIII as a diplomatic envoy and as Privy Councillor prior to his election as speaker of the House of Commons in 1523. In 1529 More succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord Chancellor, but three years later he resigned that office over the issue of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He refused to subscribe to the Act of Supremacy, making the King head of the Church of England, and for this he was convicted of high treason and beheaded. He was beatified in 1886 and canonized in 1935 on the four-hundredth anniversary of his death. His feast day is the 22nd June.

Prayer of St Thomas More

Good Lord,
give me the grace so to spend my life,
that when the day of my death shall come,
though I may feel pain in my body,
I may feel comfort in soul;
and with faithful hope of thy mercy,
with due love toward thee,
and charity toward the world,
I may, through thy grace,
part hence into thy glory.

St Thomas More Resources on the Internet

A biography and a list of works, essays and articles written by More.
This website also has a biography and a list of works by More. It also has details of other St. Thomas More resources.
This site has plenty of interesting information and a large number of related links.
The Oregon State University - Utopian Visions web page has a Thomas More timeline, discussions on Thomas More and a searchable text of More's Utopia. St Thomas More coined the word Utopia, and was the first to write about his utopian vision.
Romualid Ian Lakowski wrote his PhD Dissertation on 'Sir Thomas More and the Art of Dialogue'. He has an extensive Thomas More Bibliography from this dissertation.
A large number of sites contain a short account of St. Thomas More's life. These include:
The Catholic Encyclopaedia
Catholic Online Saints has a very brief biography
St. Benedict Centre
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism

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The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Surrey is provided by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
The Arundel and Brighton Trust is a Registered Charity No. 252878

This website was last updated on 9th October 2015