Catholic Chaplain

John McCarthy is the full time Catholic Chaplain to the University.

He can be contacted at

Land Line: 01483 571091

Mobile: 07870 277843

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  John McCarthy

Being Catholic at Surrey

Welcome to Surrey’s Catholic Chaplaincy pages.  This is just a quick note to introduce myself to you. I am available on Campus throughout the week to talk, to help, and to support, laugh, cry etc. Just give me a call or drop by the office and I will do my best to help….

I have been at the University of Surrey since 2002. Previously I worked in FE Chaplaincy in Bristol, but I have been involved in Roman Catholic parishes and communities all my life. I also have many years of experience in retail management.

If you are a Catholic and would like to know about our meetings, Masses, and social activities, please contact me by email at: and I will put you on the mailing list.

If you would like to meet up to talk, please call me on 07870 277843 and we can arrange a time.  I look forward to meeting with you.

I am passionate about supporting the Catholic Community at the University of Surrey and beyond, and about exploring the possibilities of dialogue with other Christian communities and with those of other faiths. I was one of the originators of the project for a Multi Faith Centre (MFC) at the University of Surrey, this project is now being perused with a view to providing a Chaplaincy Centre for the University in the near future.

I am always ready to offer support to anyone in difficulty, whether these be with regard to work, personal issues or studies, regardless of your beliefs.

I am always happy to meet up for a chat, so please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope to meet you soon and to get to know you.

God bless


John McCarthy
Roman Catholic Chaplain

 In 2012 the Catholic Association University of Surrey (CAUS) was founded; this is a student association and is independent of the Student Union. You can find it through Facebook and Twitter.