Recently I was at a conference in the diocese and heard a phrase describing our Catholic schools as “Beacons of Hope”. As well as endeavouring to be centres of excellence in education at all levels, they are privileged places where the Gospel can be lived out and its values can permeate every physical space, every curriculum subject, and most importantly, every individual involved in the process. If the school is a beacon of hope then the chaplain, chaplaincy coordinator and chaplaincy team have to be inspirers and encouragers so that the light of hope can burn brightly in a world desperately in need of it.

I welcome these guidelines as a contribution to the means by which we can be free to minister, serve, support, inspire and encourage Catholic Education in the Diocese of Middlesbrough and ensure that our schools are genuine communities of Christian joy and hope.

RT REV T P DRAINEY

BISHOP OF MIDDLESBROUGH

‘Valuing the unmeasurable’

– Diocese of middlesbrough school chaplaincy guidelines