Religious Life

With the loss of the Milham Ford Building to make way for our new buildings, the College Chapel moved to a temporary location in South 45 (in the Sacher Wing of South Building). With input from the JCR, MCR and SCR, St Hilda's Governing Body decided to create a multi-faith room when our new buildings open in autumn 2020. This will be an inviting and inclusive space, to which all members of College will be welcome. The decision reflects St Hilda’s continued commitment to inclusivity. Until then, we will continue to hold termly events in the temporary Chapel. Please see the Chapel Term Card for the events calendar (on the chapel noticeboard in the entrance vestibule to South Building, by the Dining hall). Please also feel free to use South 45 as a quiet space for contemplation and prayer.

St Hilda's Chaplain, Canon Brian Mountford MBE, has his office in South 47, and as a member of the College's Welfare Team, he welcomes approaches from students seeking support and advice, whether relating to their religious belief and practice or more generally to pastoral matters. Each term, Canon Mountford holds a 'Chaplain's Chat', to which all are welcome and where he and a guest disucss these and similar issues. Our recent guests have included Anneliese Dodds MP and BBC World Affairs Editor, John Cody Fidler-Simpson CBE. Many students participate in the wider religious life of the University, in churches and other college chapel choirs. Almost all faith groups are represented by University student societies and it is possible for people of all faiths to find a spiritual base. The Hindu Mandal in Oxford is very near College, as is the Central Oxford Mosque. There is a University Jewish Chaplaincy, and an Oxford Synagogue. For these and other places of worship, please see the University's Equality and Diversity webpages.

Canon Mountford was until recently Vicar of the University Church. The College also appoints one or two undergraduate Chapel Assistants each year to help organise and publicise chapel events. In addition, the Chaplain organises occasional services such as baptisms, marriages, and memorial services. In September he conducts the Annual Gaudy Service in College.

Compline is said in South 45 every Tuesday during term time at 8pm.

Is there anything else the chapel could do for you?
Do you have a suggestion that will improve the work of the chapel? Would you like to talk or have support from someone from the chapel? Please contact us:

Revd Canon Brian Mountford, The Chaplain

Aileen Kearney, Chapel Warden


St Hilda's Choir, before the joint-service with Oriel College at Oriel College Chapel