Olivia Coningham-RollsChaplain to SOAS & UCL

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    I have been at SOAS since October 2016, and at UCL since Nov 2020.

    At SOAS and at UCL, we have fun and vibrant Catholic communities made up of students and staff, with regular activities, student Masses, bible study, a retreat once a year (Walsingham/Isle of Wight). We also have social and outreach activities. My personal favourites are the Pancake Parties and handing out free hot chocolates with ‘lucky dip’ bible verses in the Student Union.

    I work in collaboration with the SOAS and UCL Chaplaincy Teams and with the university wellbeing departments.  I assist the SOAS Catholic Society and the UCL Catholic Society.

    My background:

    I am English, with a Portuguese ‘twist’. I was born in St George’s Hospital, which back in the day was at Hyde Park Corner, so I breathed my very first breath right in the heart of London.  My family is Catholic and I decided to take my faith on a personal level when I was 16 years old.  Later, when I was a student at the University of Southampton, I met the Verbum Dei Missionary Family and since then, I journey in life and faith with this community.

    For over 20 years I have worked with young people, mostly in schools and I am an accredited and registered psychotherapist.  I speak French, Portuguese and Spanish and have lived in Portugal, France, Belgium, Chile and the United States.

    I am on the International Board of the World Youth Alliance and I love swimming, the open sea and my weekly jive classes (when the lockdown is over!)

    My passion is the human person, that each person becomes integrated and fully who we are designed to be.  “You have made us for yourself O Lord and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” St Augustine.

    Come and say hello or drop me an email, I look forward to meeting you.