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Chapel & Chaplaincy

Dedicated in 1704 (and replacing a smaller 16th century building) the Chapel exists for all members of the College and their guests as a place of worship and prayer. Whatever your denomination or faith, or if you have no particular religious convictions but simply wish to find an indoor space for peaceful reflection and thinking, you are welcome to use the Chapel which is open throughout the day.

Extensively refurbished in the summer of 2009, the Chapel is in frequent use with regular recitation of the Offices, the celebration of Holy Communion and more informal, contemporary and reflective acts of worship. There are opportunities for students to be involved in worship-leading, reading, offering intercessions, stewarding, hospitality and outreach.

St Catharine's boasts a fine musical tradition and the rites of the Church of England are enriched by the excellent contribution of our Choir and Organ Scholars. September 2008 saw the foundation of our junior Girls' Choir, and the introduction of the specially devised and popular evening service of light, 'Luminaria'.

The Chapel's three-manual organ, recently refurbished by Flentrop Orgelbouw, is one of the finest instruments in Cambridge today. The Chapel is a popular venue for recitals and other performances.

The Chaplain as of Michaelmas Term 2013 is the Rev'd David Neaum.  He is willing to see any member of the college about anything, regardless of their religious affiliation.  His room number is A4, phone number, 01223 338346, and email,  He can also be contacted via the Porter's Lodge if not in his rooms. 

David was ordained in 2007 after training at Westcott House in Cambridge.  He  subsequently served in parishes in Cambridge and Dorset and at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford.  He was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Melbourne, Australia, and is currently completing his doctorate at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Image by Greg Dickens


Chapel Diary

Click the link below to view the Chapel Diary. Please e-mail the Chaplain if you would like to book rehearsal time or to arrange for another event in the Chapel.


Last modified 20th September 2013