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No matter who you are, or what you believe, chaplaincy is here for you.

The Chaplaincy program at Huron University College offers you a safe place to share your struggles, explore your questions, and celebrate the joy of life.
  • The Chaplain

  • The Reverend Christopher Kelly

    A graduate of Huron University College (MDiv, 2007) and former instructor in the Faculty of Theology, Reverend Chris is an ordained priest in the Anglican Diocese of Huron. Born and raised in Toronto, he attended an Anglican secondary school (Royal St. George’s College) before taking his degree in Religious Studies, English and World Literature at the University of Toronto, Trinity College (Hon. BA, 2004). Chris has served churches in Toronto and London both as a youth minister and a priest. A father of two, he has an inquiring mind, a love of creation, and a passion for social justice.

  • Chaplaincy FAQs

  • What is chaplaincy?

    Chaplaincy is a ministry service that is intended to support the entire Huron University College community. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to seek out the chaplain for support and assistance of any kind.


    Who is it for?

    All students, faculty and staff members are part of the Huron community. The chaplain is responsible for the health and wellbeing of that community. Anyone, regardless of their background, beliefs or religious identity is welcome to use this service. The chaplain also provides Anglican Church ministry to Western.


    What do you do?

    The chaplain is available for counsel, direction, support and encouragement and is also responsible for the Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist. Tell us what you need, and we’ll tell you what we have to offer. If we are not able to provide the support, we will do our best to find someone who can.


    Why chaplaincy?

    For many of us, Huron is a home away from home. Students come from all parts of the globe to study here, leaving their loved ones, friends and even their religious communities behind. For the faculty and staff, it is a workplace community. The goal of the chaplaincy program is to ensure that Huron really does feel like home for us all.


    Why Anglican?

    Huron University College is an institution rooted in the Anglican tradition, and that unique identity is what continues to set us apart from Western. For this reason, the chaplain is always an Anglican priest. However, the chaplaincy service is available to all people, regardless of their background, beliefs or religious identity.


    What Chaplaincy isn't about…

    Chaplaincy is not about trying to convert anyone into any one way of thinking. It is not about promoting the Anglican Church of Canada, the Christian tradition, or religious belief in general. There are no fees for our services, and no strings attached.

  • Contact Us

  • Looking For Help?

    The chaplain is available for appointments during regular hours. Please call (519) 438-7224, Ext. 294 to book a time, or drop by the office (A104) to check availability.

    Monday:              12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Tuesday:              9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Wednesday:         9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    Thursday:            9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Friday:                 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Saturday:             Not Available
    Sunday:               9:30 AM - 1:30 PM


    If you are in urgent need of immediate support, please contact the CMHA Middlesex Crisis Response Line at 519-433-2023 or toll-free at 1-866-933-2023 (available 24/7) or visit: http://cmhamiddlesex.ca

    For Western students in need of support, please contact Student Health Services at Western to arrange short and long-term counselling. Call 519-661-3030 (during business hours) or visit: http://uwo.ca/health/services/students/shs

    The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist

    To inquire about bookings or for more information about the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist at Huron University College, please contact:

    Mr. William Lupton
    (519) 438-7224 Ext. 335

  • About the Chapel

  • Worship at Huron

    The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist is a Church in the Anglican Diocese of Huron, and as such worships in the Anglican Tradition. All are most welcome to participate, regardless of background, beliefs or religious affiliation. 

    Service Times

    The Chapel is open 24/7 as a sacred space for prayer, reflection, and quiet meditation.

    There are regular services every week:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:40 AM: Morning Prayer - Join with members of the Faculty of Theology for their daily cycle of prayer.

    Wednesday at 11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist - A weekly service of Holy Communion, followed by lunch-time fellowship. Hosted by the Faculty of Theology.

    Sunday at 11:00 AM: Holy Eucharist - The Chaplain leads worship for the parish community. Holy Communion is celebrated every week.

    History of the Building

    The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist is a simple and intimate worship space. It was built in the early 1950's to replace a previous building dating back to the 1860's. The chapel is collegiate in style, meaning that the pews face one another (as with choir stalls or monastic chapels). Facing East along Western Road, the stained-glass windows bathe the church in natural morning light. The Chapel can seat up to 140 persons when including the balcony, and additional seating. It is equipped with a Casavant Organ which was also built in the early 1950's and rebuilt in 2006. For more information on the organ and its use, please see that section of our website.

    There are a number of Orthodox icons hanging in the chapel, most notable of which is a hand painted 19th Century Russian Icon of the Most Holy Trinity. The doors of the chapel are flanked by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and in the smaller space for meditation, the Blessed Virgin, St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist keep their watch. These aids to devotion are used by all those who gather in the chapel, either for regular worship, or for private devotion. There are also simple Stations of the Cross which line the chapel, drawing the eye toward the Altar. The Tabernacle (place of reservation of the Blessed Sacrament) is in the Southeast Corner of the Sanctuary.

  • Programs and Events

  • Someone to talk to

    The chaplain is available to all members of the Huron University College community, as well as to Anglicans at Western. One-on-one support, spiritual direction, marriage/relationship work, life events, and mental health issues are just some of the reasons to make use of this service. The chaplain is an ordained Anglican priest with training in pastoral counselling.


    Breakfast Program

    On the first Sunday of every month, following the service, chaplaincy hosts a breakfast in the Great Hall. All Huron students are invited to attend, even those not taking part in the worship service. This ministry is intended to support those students with limited financial means who experience food insecurity.

    Remembrance Day

    On November 11, at 10:50 AM there is an act of remembrance at the Memorial Tower of Huron University College. This is a public event, open to all.

    Lessons and Carols

    Each year we anticipate the coming Christmas season with our celebration of Lessons and Carols. Held toward the end of the first term, this service draws on the richness of our Anglican tradition to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in words and song. Readings from the Bible alternate with sacred music to create a beautiful and powerful worship experience.

    This year's Service of Lessons and Carols will take place in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 PM. All are warmly invited for seasonal refreshments in the Great Hall following the service.

    Holy Week and Easter

    Easter is the greatest celebration of the Christian tradition, proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Commemorated over a four-day period, this cycle of worship is made up of three parts: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. Together, they form a single “service” known as the Triduum.

    Typically, the Triduum is celebrated at the collegiate chapel toward the end of second term, but the date of Easter changes each year.

    This year’s Holy Week services will take place from April 13-15.

  • Baptism, Weddings and Funerals

  • Baptism

    Baptism is the primary rite of Christian initiation, the sign and seal of a person's full membership in the universal Church: that is, Christ's body in the world. Many people have received the sacrament of baptism at the chapel, and the chaplain welcomes inquiries regarding the baptism of infants, children, and adults alike.

    Like many churches, the Anglican Church of Canada is concerned that baptism be conducted in the context of the worshiping life of a faith community. Careful attention will be given to preparation for baptism, so that all involved - candidates, parents, sponsors, and the parish community - can participate fully and with integrity. For this reason, requests for private baptism will only be entertained in cases of pastoral necessity.

    Please contact the chaplain for further information about baptism.


    Holy Matrimony
    Marriage is a joyful arrangement: a human relationship in which two people commit themselves to each other through promises of love and faithfulness. In the Christian understanding, Holy Matrimony (in which vows are made and a covenant is established) heralds the creation of a new unity between a man and a woman. The vows are made before God, with witnesses present and God's blessing is asked on the marriage.  

    Because the Church emphasizes the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Holy Matrimony is an act of worship in which two persons publicly accept God's purpose for their lives and acknowledge the spiritual element of their relationship. If the couple cannot hold to this sacramental view of marriage, it may be more suitable and more honest to arrange for a civil ceremony rather than a church one.  

    Blessing of Civil Marriage
    The Diocese of Huron has affirmed the desire of couples who have been civilly married to have their relationships brought before the Church. These couples, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are welcome to make the chapel their parish home. The blessing of a civil marriage service is available to those who meet the policy requirements for weddings.

    Requirements for Weddings at Huron

    All weddings will be arranged through, and conducted by the chaplain, unless other arrangements have been made with the rector's approval.

    A policy has been put in place that clearly sets out who may be married in the chapel:

    - present or former faculty members, staff, and students of Huron University College;
    - regularly attending members of the chapel parish;
    - children of present faculty members, staff and students of Huron University College;
    - someone who may be outside the above requirements but has a relationship with the College.

    If you are unsure about whether you meet these criteria, or would like more information about weddings in the chapel, please contact the chaplain.


    Death is a natural part of human life, and an important stage in the spiritual journey. The dead enter into a new level of reality, as those left behind mourn their passing and celebrate the lives they have lived and the love they have shown.

    Like other rites of passage, funerals (celebrations of life) are among the services of the Anglican Church, and a part of worship at the chapel.

    Funeral services are available to:

    - present or former faculty members, staff, and students of Huron University College;
    - regularly attending members of the chapel parish;
    - children of present faculty members, staff and students of Huron University College;
    - someone who may be outside the above requirements but has a relationship with the College.

    If you are unsure about whether you meet these criteria, or would like more information about funerals in the chapel, please contact the chaplain.

  • Organ Music at Huron

  • Chapel Organist

    William Lupton has been the Chapel Organist and Director of Music since 1995. He is responsible for playing worship services during the academic year. He prepares the officiants and cantors in their music roles, selects music for worship, trains organ scholars, and teaches church music and liturgy courses in the Faculty of Theology.

    William has served in parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Huron. From 1980-1990 he was Associate Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, London Ontario, which also included a term as Interim Organist and Master of the Choristers.

    William is accredited in organ performance and church music from England and Canada. In 2001 he received an honorary Fellowship from the National College of Music and Arts in England for contributions to church music. In 2005 at Salisbury Cathedral, he received the Fellowship diploma from Dr. Mary Archer, President of the Guild of Church Musicians and on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. His dissertation was titled High and Low: A Comparison of two Anglican churches and a rationale for the development of indigenous Canadian liturgy.

    He has led two choir tours of England singing in Chelmsford, Norwich, Ely, Bristol and Ripon Cathedrals, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He has also produced and directed two choir recordings of anthems and Christmas music.

    William is Immediate Past President of the Royal School of Church Music Canada, currently Chair of the Niagara-Huron Chapter, and Administrator-Head Examiner of the RSCM Singing Awards.

    In addition to Huron duties, William is Organist and Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields. In May 2015 at Synod’s  opening service, The Right Revd Robert Bennett presented William with the Order of Huron for service to the church including 20 years at Huron University College and 50 years as an organist, having started at the age of ten.

    Organ Scholars

    This programme began in 2006 and provides organ students with the opportunity of learning to play the organ for the Sunday Eucharist from September to April. Scholars are provided with free organ lessons, practice time, and an honorarium for playing each Sunday. As time allows, organ scholars have the opportunity to work towards a diploma in organ performance, if they so wish.

    2016-2017 In February we welcomed our two new organ scholars, Rebecca and Tyler. If there are any students interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact the chapel organist (blupton@huron.uwo.ca) regarding future openings. Students must be enrolled at either Huron, Brescia, King’s, or on Western’s main campus.

    Chapel Organ

    In 1951 the new building was open and Casavant Frères supplied an organ of two manuals and pedal, Opus 2067, for the chapel. After decades of constant use, the organ was in need of additional maintenance and repair. In 2006 Pole and Kingham Ltd. were contracted to clean, rebuild and expand the instrument. A new console was installed as well as additional ranks to round out the ability and flexibility of the organ. VanderZee Organs, successor to Pole and Kingham Ltd., maintains the chapel organ.

    Stoplist 2006

    Great                                                                          Swell

    Open Diapason 8                                                         Bourdon 16

    Solo Flute 8                                                                 Geigen Principal 8

    Gedeckt 8                                                                    Stopped Diapason 8

    Octave 4                                                                      Salicional 8

    Rohrflute 4                                                                  Voix Celeste 8

    Fifteenth 2                                                                   Gemshorn 4

    Blockflute 2                                                                 Fifteenth 2

    Nazard 2 2/3                                                                Mixture III

    Tierce 1 3/5                                                                  Contra Oboe 16 (extension of Oboe 8)

    Trumpet 8 (from Swell)                                               Trumpet 8

    Sub Coupler                                                                 Clarion (extension of Trumpet 8)

    Super Coupler                                                              Sub Coupler

    Unison Off                                                                  Super Coupler

    Tremulant                                                                    Unison Off



    Pedal                                                                           Couplers

    Contra Bourdon 32                                                      Great to Pedal 8

    Bourdon 16                                                                 Great to Pedal 4

    Lieblich Gedeckt 16 (from Swell)                              Swell to Pedal 8

    Octave 8                                                                      Swell to Pedal 4

    Stopped Flute 8                                                           Swell to Great 16

    Choral Bass 4                                                              Swell to Great 8

    Mixture IV                                                                   Swell to Great 4

    Trombone 16

    Contra Fagotto 16 (from Swell)

    Trumpet 8 (from Swell)



    6 pistons on Great

    6 pistons on Swell

    6 pistons on Pedal

    10 General pistons (manuals, toe pistons)

    Cancel piston

    Swell to Great piston

    Swell to Pedal (finger and toe pistons)

    Great to Pedal (finger and toe pistons)

    Trombone 16 (toe piston)

    Contra Bourdon 32 (toe piston)

    SFZ (finger and toe pistons)


  • Other Faith Traditions

  • You may be interested in services of other traditions, and if this is the case, we have compiled a listing of the other religious communities in the area and the services which they offer and when.

    The Christian Reformed Church of North America

    Mike Wagenman also serves as the Chaplain Co-ordinator for the Western University Chaplain's Service.
    The Rev Mike Wagenman - 519-280-6625

    Jewish Chaplain

    Chabad House is located at the Richmond Gates of the University.
    Rabbi Mordechai Silberberg - 519-434-3623
    Chabad House of London
    1114 Richmond Street

    The Korean Presbyterian Church

    Rev. Young Ho Yoon

    Muslim Chaplain

    Muhammed Hamou

    The Presbyterian Church of Canada

    The Rev. John Park

    Roman Catholic

    King's College Campus Ministry

    Catholic Chaplains - 519-963-1477
    Director: Fr. Michael Bechard

    Parish Deacon: Jim Donovan Panchaud

    Pastoral Counsellor: Melissa Page Nichols

    Campus Minister: Annette Donovan Panchaud

    Campus Minister: Janet Loo

    Campus Minister: Maija Wilson

    Administrative Assistant: Lisa Caeiro

    Roman Catholic Mass Schedule:

    Holy Eucharist
    10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount St. Joseph
    5:00 p.m. Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Labatt Hall at King's University College

    Tuesday through Friday
    12:30 pm in Christ the King Chapel in the Wemple Building

    United Church Chaplain

    The United Church Chaplain is available to all who seek counsel and companionship.
    Rev. Karen Low