Meet the Chaplains

Fr Alban Hood OSB


Fr Alban is a monk of the English Benedictine community of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, where until recently he served as Prior, Novice Master and Choirmaster. After ordination, he taught history and religious studies at Douai School before serving for seven years in the Douai parish of Ormskirk, Lancashire. He is an experienced retreat giver and spiritual director and has contributed to a number of books. He is the author of ‘From Revival to Repatriation: Continuity in the English Benedictine Congregation, 1795-1850’ (St Michael’s Abbey Press, 2014). Among his interests are music, church history, creative writing and walking.

Fr Chase Pepper CSC

Assistant Chaplain

Fr Chase doesn’t know where exactly he’s from. Born on a military base right outside of Washington, DC (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.

Sr Ann Swailes OP

Assistant Chaplain

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.