Our rootedness in Benedictine values is very precious and makes Ampleforth the special place it is; the monks of Ampleforth Abbey are valued as spiritual fathers, and chaplains to the College, ministering to both students and staff alike.
Students enjoy a wide programme of daily prayer, centredness on scripture, retreats, sacramental provision, spiritual accompaniment and a growing range of service projects. They are encouraged early on to take up roles of spiritual leadership, in prayer and in service, not only sustaining them here and now, but preparing them for adult life in the wider world. There should be something at Ampleforth for every heart and every schedule.
The central Chaplaincy exists to encourage the regular formation of the faith of the students, the voluntary participation by students in their faith, the Benedictine spirit of the school among students, staff and parents, and the connection of students with the wider Church and world.
The sacramental life of the school is centred on the Abbey Church. At the Sunday Mass students of different ages enhance the liturgy through serving, reading and singing. In addition each boarding house has its own Chapel and Chaplain and celebrates Mass during the week.
Year 13 students are trained and commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers. The Eucharist also forms the culmination of the different retreats offered to students, sometimes even celebrated outside.
Students are offered the chance to make their confession once a term. These Reconciliation services are organised by each house, with the chaplaincy providing confessors. Students who are not Catholic have the opportunity at these services to receive prayer and a blessing.
In each house a senior student is nominated to be a catechist. This means being involved in the spiritual formation of fellow students, including a special role in preparing people for Confirmation. They do this under the direction of the central chaplaincy, being trained at the beginning of the year and preparing each weekly session with the chaplaincy assistant.
"Whether at whole school mass, during house prayers or on retreat, you get a genuine sense of community and I find that to be very special" Maud, St Margaret's