Friday 21st April 2006

 

UNIVERSITY TO WELCOME FULL-TIME CHAPLAIN

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Over a 160 people are expected to attend a ceremony at University of Lincoln on Monday 24th April to celebrate the inauguration of the Reverend Les Acklam as full-time university chaplain.

 

Les, who has been working at the university on a part-time basis for over 10 years, is stepping down from his other part-time role as parish priest for St Faiths in Lincoln’s West End to take on his new full-time post.

 

The university’s Vice Chancellor Professor David Chiddick, work colleagues, friends and members of the local community have been invited to attend Monday’s event in the main atrium building on the Brayford Pool campus for tea and cakes.

 

The Bishop of Grimsby, The Right Reverend David Rossdale, will conduct the formal presentation to signify the inauguration of this new ministry and the partnership between the university and the Lincolnshire Chaplaincy Services.

 

Les has been involved with the university in Lincoln from the very beginning and has seen many changes.

 

“I’ve been a parish priest for 25 years and spent the last ten years working at the university”, said Les. “Whilst I’ve enjoyed working as a parish priest I felt called and pulled towards devoting my time to supporting students and staff at the university.

 

“I find the work exciting and varied and enjoy working with young people. I have seen the university develop and have had the opportunity to work alongside people with vision and openness.

 

“Being a university chaplain allows me to meet and share with people of other faiths and those outside of the worshipping community. I am aware of their deep appreciation for the help they receive.”

 

The inauguration ceremony will be held in the main atrium building on Monday 24th April from 4.30pm.

 

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Caption: The Reverend Les Acklam is pictured at his inauguration second from the left with Academic Registrar Dr Wayne Campbell (left), the Bishop of Grimsby, the Right Reverend David Rossdale (second from the right) and Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the university (right)

 

 

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Kate Strawson Press Officer (01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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