The Dean of Divinity (which is what we call the College Chaplain) is The Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold. As Pastoral Chaplain to all members of Magdalen, whether or not they attend Chapel, he can be called on in Cloisters 4:2 for advice or help without appointment. He officiates at most Chapel services, preaches regularly, trains readers and intercessors, and is always delighted to prepare people for baptism, confirmation or marriage.
In addition to his responsibilities for services, he facilitates a broad range of activities outside Chapel, including the Stokesley Society, Chapel Fellowship, student discussions with visiting speakers, and the College’s annual retreat.
The Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold
Dean of Divinity
Room: Cloisters 4:2
Tel: 01865 276027
The Sacristans are friendly students responsible for organising the altar servers who assist at every Sung Eucharist and at Benediction. They always enjoy training up fellow-students who would like to learn how to swing a thurible (the incense-pot) or carry a candle in procession.
This year’s Sacristans are Philippa Adrych (Ancient History), Molly Janz (Classics and English), Ryan Emerson (Modern Languages), and Walker Thompson (Modern Languages).
The Verger, Marianne Close, is likely to be the first person you see when you come to a service, since an important part of her job is to welcome you and help you find a seat. By long-standing custom, choral services at Magdalen start precisely on time (with the ringing of the bells in the Great Tower), so it’s always a good idea to arrive five or ten minutes early if you can.
Assisting and Honorary Chaplains
The Dean of Divinity receives liturgical assistance from the Fellows’ Chaplain – a post currently shared by the Revd Professor Rob Gilbert (Fellow in Biochemistry) and the Revd Elaine Bardwell (Vicar of St Michael’s, New Marston) – and an Honorary Chaplain, the Revd Michael Wright. The Founder’s Chaplain, Dr Ralph Walker, leads prayers commemorating departed Benefactors of the College on appointed occasions in the course of the academic year.
The Chapel and Choir PA
Room: Cloisters 2
Tel: 01865 286701