The Chaplaincy is located at the heart of the School community and acts as the spiritual, Catholic and Benedictine link from the monastic community to the School. The Chaplaincy is led by the Director of Mission Will Desmond and comprises a team of youth ministers and monastic chaplains. A number of teaching staff also contribute to the life and work of the Chaplaincy on a regular basis.
The work of the Chaplaincy is to give pastoral support to each of the ten Houses. Each of the Houses has an appointed principal Chaplain, often with an assistant Chaplain as part of the team. The Chaplaincy is also responsible for school liturgies and the spiritual formation and evangelisation of the whole School community.
“Pupils exercise their responsibilities conscientiously, and all demonstrate a strong social awareness, enjoying collaborative initiatives and the leadership opportunities provided.” ISI Inspection 2017.
Confirmation is the central component of the chaplaincy evangelisation programme. It starts in Year 10 and runs all through the year. The first three sessions are compulsory for all Year 10, to communicate fully what Confirmation is, and finishes with a day of reflection where they either opt in to the programme or opt out. After this the preparation properly starts and consists of whole group presentations and small discussion groups. At this stage an Anglican group will be formed who will participate with the main programme but do some sessions on their own. Halfway through the Lent Term there is retreat weekend to the De La Salle retreat centre in Kintbury. The Confirmation services (Catholic and Anglican) take place on the same day (morning and afternoon) at the beginning of the Summer Term. After the service the sessions continue to the end of the year. For more details please see our Confirmation Booklet.
The community service programme at Worth provides pupils with a chance to volunteer their time to benefit the School or wider community. There is lots of choice, both within the Wednesday afternoon activities programme and at other times. There are also regular service trips overseas, with recent examples being to Borneo in 2019, to Irundu in Uganda in 2018 and to an orphanage in Peru iin 2016 in support of the work of Outreach Peru.
Oasis Leadership is for senior students who want to accompany younger students in exploring the Christian faith. They are taught practical skills such as leading an effective game, public speaking, leading small groups, how to plan a lesson and how to lead a time of prayer.
The first issue of Identity was published in April 1996 and has proved very popular ever since. Published twice yearly, the magazine strives to reflect the Benedictine ideal of balance: a balance of ideas and feelings, of the personal and communal, of the creative and the analytic. Perhaps the most striking feature of Identity is the honesty with which the student contributors write about their personal experience. This is particularly fitting for a Benedictine school as the key virtue in the Rule of St Benedict is humility, the ability to be honest and truthful about one’s strengths and weaknesses.
The magazine is put together by a team of students, the editor being a member of the Sixth Form. Students put together the photography and design of the magazine. There are articles from people across the Worth community on a range of topics and it is a forum where pupils feel comfortable being honest about their experience of faith and life.