The Multifaith Chaplaincy team are:
My name is Fran I have been the Catholic Lay Chaplain for Falmouth and Exeter university for two years. I moved to Cornwall fifteen years ago with my husband and two children and feel very grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
My favourite activities are walking along the many coastal paths with our chocolate Labrador, Archie, swimming in the sea, barbeques and picnics, coffees out and the cinema.
I believe that everyone yearns to find the true version of themselves and I hope that at the Chaplaincy you may find it. I look forward to meeting you whether you have a strong faith or none; what matters is that you are searching.
Hi, my name is Jan and I am a Quaker. I moved to Cornwall ten years ago with my husband and two cats. Sadly, my cats grew old here and are no longer part of the family. I am a vegan who loves baking and I enjoy being part of Red River Singers. I love walking, gardening, reading, labyrinths and laughing. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
Fr. Anthony O'Gorman
Fr Anthony O’Gorman, parish priest of Newquay, Cornwall. Fr Anthony leads the annual diocesan youth pilgrimage to Lourdes and is experienced in supporting the faith of young people. He leads catholic Mass every Monday lunchtime on Penryn campus followed by lunch at the Chaplaincy, supported by Fran Freeman.
Pat McGovern is our dedicated chaplain for Truro Campus. Having spent a working lifetime in the world of Education, he is really enjoying support students and staff of all faiths and none as a Chaplain at the Medical School. He says: “My faith has always been important to me and it has guided me throughout my life. Now that I have time available, I would like to use that faith to serve others in ways that might help them to flourish. I am strongly motivated by the concept of social justice and firmly believe that all people are made in the image of God, have that divine “spark” within them and should always be treated with dignity. I also recognise that life is a complex journey and sometimes we all need a companion to share the road. I am married with five grown children and eight grandchildren, who keep us entertained, active and young at heart! Cycling around the lanes and trails of Cornwall has become a real passion in recent years with plenty of “ups and downs” given the rigours of the landscape in this beautiful County. I also enjoy walking, skiing, rugby (watching these days!), theatre and reading. I hope that we get a chance to meet up, have a cup of tea and chat about whatever is on your mind.
I have been a chaplain for four years. I retired to Cornwall five years ago having taught History and Criminology for thirty years in various universities upcountry. My two golden retriever dogs Obie and Bailey come into the chaplaincy with me on a Friday and they love their contact with the students. I go to Harbour church and I am also involved in a non-denominational discussion/prayer group in Mawnan Smith. I am also helping my wife to build a contemplative garden in land behind our house on the Helford Estuary
I am a Father to 4 and a Grandfather to 7 and they are usually located in 4 Countries on 3 Continents! I have lived in London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Wales … and Paraguay! When repairing a car way back in the ’70’s the owner, whilst watching and waiting, reflected on my surname A.M.O.S.S. and suddenly said “All…Manner…Of…Services…Supplied!” That is certainly one possible description of my life, character and abilities. In the Construction Industry I designed buildings and parts of buildings, in the Health Sector I worked in logistics, stores and buildings maintenance and in Justice Services served as a Prison Chaplain. I have studied full-time, part-time and by Distance Learning. I have found myself enjoying being both a pastoral ‘people’ person and a creative practical ‘hands-on’ person. Along with my wife I have recently moved from South Wales to Cornwall to help with the setting up of a new church community in Falmouth. I am about to enter my 60th year of having a living relationship with Jesus and as a prison inmate once said to me, finding that the Bible does indeed provide the "Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth!! “
New to this chaplaincy role, I'm pleased to be here for anyone who feels Pagan, Buddhist, polytheist, atheist, agnostic, animist, pantheist, discordian, 'spiritual but not religious', 'out there' or generally 'other'.
I recently completed my Master’s in Fine Art at Falmouth, and as the artist Frida Go, I'm a priestess in the Western Mystery Tradition. From a big and bohemian London tribe, I've worked in politics, research and writing, resistance and making films on ecology, economy and human rights.
A raver, punk and traveller, I won't be shocked by much. I'll mainly be found pottering in the Belmont veg garden and walking my friendly foster husky to the graveyard, woods and beach.