Chaplaincy

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Welcome to MARUCO Chaplaincy Programme


The Chaplain is available to help and serve you during your time in MARUCO. The Chaplaincy seeks to be a place of welcome and hospitality for all members of the university community. We will be glad to assist you any way that we can and you will always find a friendly listening ear.

We invite all the members of MARUCO community to our services and supports. The Chaplaincy seeks to promote a deep understanding of interreligious dialogue and human spirituality.


Mission Statement

Our mission and vision is to give pastoral care to all staff and students regardless of religious background race or color. We believe that everyone is made in the image and likeness of God and therefore we are all brothers and sisters.

The Chaplaincy intends to enable students and staff to feel welcome, especially in times of stress, illness or bereavement. It recognizes that life in the campus is a dynamic of ever - changing experiences which bring new opportunities and challenges to both students and staff. The Chaplaincy offers therefore, a listening ear and supportive presence to all members of MARUCO community.


Pastoral Care

The core idea of “pastoral care” is that pastors are to care. The word pastor comes from the Latin word for “shepherd.” A pastor is to be a shepherd or caretaker of God’s flock.
“Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” (Cf. 1 Peter 5:2-3).

MARUCO aims to be a centre of excellence, in providing high quality education, research and consultancy. It endeavours to develop a strong ethic of caring on both personal and community levels so as to be a mirror of the cherished values of a wholesome society.

Its object is to develop ethics of striving for holistic development of the person by providing sound knowledge, the highest analytical standards and commitment to the generous service to humankind. It intends also to prepare people who are principled, responsible and capable of taking risks by assuming leadership roles in society. In order to realize the ideals of a just and fair society, the Church has the duty to sensitize our people to realize the value of humankind.


Role of the Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy works with the leaders of all religious affiliations:

  • To promote spiritual values in the University.
  • To aid students and staff members to have a healthy social and spiritual life.
  • To promote freedom to all religious groups in the University.

The Policy

  • 1. The Chaplaincy will provide for staff and students a safe ground where they are free to express their problems, fears and concerns.
  • 2. The Chaplaincy is to ensure that ethical issues are preserved.
  • 3. The Chaplaincy is aware that people feel more at ease within their faith affiliation but it is open to all faiths.
  • 4. The Chaplaincy works with the Administration of the University to help improve extra-curricular activities on the campus.
  • 5. The Chaplaincy respects the personal needs of each individual and confidentiality is of paramount importance.
  • 6. The Chaplain works in liaison with ministers of other faiths and plays an integral part in fostering interfaith relations.
  • 7. Therefore the Chaplaincy plays an integral part in fostering interfaith and intra-faith learning, dialogue and cooperation.
  • 8. The Chaplaincy works closely with the students’ faith associations in an advisory capacity.

Bereavement

  • 1. The Chaplain will provide pastoral support for staff and students.
  • 2. The Chaplaincy team will ensure and provide counseling and support for people who are grieving due to bereavement.
  • 3. Give spiritual care where necessary.
  • 4. Give religious care where relevant.
  • 5. Will facilitate the celebration of the Sacraments.
  • 6. Leading prayers at mortuary, liaise with student body to celebrate the Eucharist where necessary etc.

Policy for religious groups

  • 1. Relationship between student religious groups and the chaplaincy is multidimensional.
  • 2. Students and religious groups that are approved by the chaplaincy may liaise with the chaplain to seek an adviser outside the chaplaincy team.
  • 3. Students’ religious leaders may work with the chaplain to organize activities that may require the presence of the chaplain.

One of the duties of the University chaplain is to counsel students and staff members in case of stress or social conflicts: to offer a helping hand to the society in coping with stress.

The Chaplain coordinates spiritual activities while respecting students’ denominational or religious affiliation.



Concluding Note

The Chaplaincy is there to assist all to realize our spiritual aspirations. Thus an atmosphere conducive to peace, justice, loves and good rapport shall prevail in the University. In turn, this atmosphere will enable everyone to achieve their desired excellence in both academic and social fields.