Welcome to the website of Fisher House,
the Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Cambridge
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Mgr Mark Langham RIP
Our Chaplain Fr Mark died on 15th January 2021. He had been Chaplain at Fisher House since 2013. Fr Mark was a priest of Westminster Diocese, and a native of London, who came up to Cambridge to study Classics in 1979. Ordained in 1990, he worked in Bayswater (a busy and energetic London district, home to the Portobello Road and Notting Hill Carnival), and at Westminster Cathedral (where things were slightly more sedate). Before coming to Cambridge, he lived in Rome working at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, and retained his great interest in ecumenism – and pasta. He touched the lives of thousands of people over his 30 years of priestly ministry, and was a loving fatherly presence at Fisher House. He will be deeply missed.
Fr Robert Verrill OP
We welcome as acting chaplain Fr Robert Verrill OP.
Fr Robert is a Dominican friar who grew up in Rugby. He came up to Cambridge in 1992 to study mathematics, eventually obtaining a PhD in 2002. He then worked as a systems engineer and a software engineer for a few years before entering religious life in 2006. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2012 and then worked as an assistant chaplain at Edinburgh University. In 2014, Fr Robert went to the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California to do an MA in philosophy, and since 2016 he has been doing a PhD in philosophy at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Fr Robert continues to work on his PhD dissertation which is on quantum physics and common sense, or in other words, what St. Thomas Aquinas would make of quantum physics. Fr Robert still dabbles in software engineering. One of his creations is the website https://st-thomas-the-search-engine.op.org. He also plays the trumpet and he loves the music of J. S. Bach.
Sr Ann Swailes OP
During the 2020-21 academic year, Sr Ann is on sabbatical. Sr Ann writes:
I grew up in rural Devon and I read English and Theology at Oxford, where I was received into the Catholic Church. I entered the Dominican Order in 2003, and currently live in a small community of sisters based in the Huntingdon Road. I combine my work at Fisher House with studying for a PhD in Theology at Clare College, investigating the relationship between the mystery of suffering and our understanding of the nature of the Church. In my (occasional) spare time, I enjoy choral singing, swimming, reading and writing poetry (good and bad respectively!) and cooking and eating international food.
Fr Chase Pepper CSC
Fr. Chase doesn’t know where exactly he’s from. Born on a military base right outside of Washington D.C. (USA) and raised in the northern hills of Alabama, he studied political science for his undergraduate degree in New Jersey, worked for several years in Philadelphia, and then entered seminary formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2015, his first assignment was in the departments of Campus Ministry, Residence Life, and Theology at King’s College in northeastern Pennsylvania, a liberal arts college founded by Holy Cross in 1946 to educate the children of coal mining families (not to be confused with King’s College Cambridge). He has now been given permission by his community to pursue a PhD in theology (more specifically, the theology of Italian poet Dante Alighieri) so as to return to their schools to work as an “educator in the faith.” Fr. Chase’s dream is to be the first priest to celebrate Mass in space. If you can help that dream come alive, please be in touch with him. Even if you can’t do anything about it, be in touch with him anyway.
Paul Norris (Pastoral Assistant)
Paul did English at Queens’, where he enjoyed reading and writing about everything from Augustine and Piers Plowman to David Lynch and club music. His main hobbies apart from reading are writing poems, running, vegan cooking, spending hours on Twitter and, like many middle-class Londoners, daydreaming about the Highlands.
The Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy was founded in 1895, and has been at Fisher House since 1924. Centrally located, just off the Market Place, the chaplaincy comprises a core of ancient buildings, a large and beautiful church recently refurbished, a spacious room for gatherings with a kitchen and bar, a well-stocked library, and a roof terrace.
As well as daily Mass, Fisher House hosts a wide range of activities, from discussion groups and lectures to social events. Lunch is available every day during term time, and you will meet here people from every College and discipline, junior and senior.
Do feel free to speak to the chaplains at any time – our contact details are given on the website, or come and find us at Fisher House. The Chaplaincy is warm and hospitable, a place where your faith will be nourished, nurtured and encouraged. We look forward to seeing you.