Catholic chaplaincies at Macquarie University and UNSW get new appointments

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Newly-appointed university chaplaincy team leader at Macquarie Jeremy Ambrose, pictured with Rebecca Williams. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Newly-appointed university chaplaincy team leader at Macquarie Jeremy Ambrose, pictured with Rebecca Williams. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

The archdiocese of Sydney has appointed two new campus team leaders to its University Chaplaincy team: Eileen Leyne to the University of New South Wales and Jeremy Ambrose to Macquarie University.

Bishop Richard Umbers said of the appointment last week: “Both candidates are well established in the university apostolate and bring their deep faith and talent to this important work.”

“We welcome Eileen and Jeremy to their new roles and look forward to working with them to fulfil our mission to evangelise on the campuses of our secular universities in Sydney.”

Chaplaincy team leader at UNSW and Fraterna Eileen Leyne.
Chaplaincy team leader at UNSW and Fraterna Eileen Leyne.

Jeremy has worked for the archdiocese since 2008. His involvement as a student in the Sydney Uni Catholic chaplaincy from 2003-05 that led to a deepening of his faith – a faith further bolstered by World Youth Day Cologne in 2005 and the three month Youth Leader’s Formation Course in 2007.

He has worked at Macquarie Uni Chaplaincy for six years, having worked under the leadership of Chris Gordon until 2015. (Mr Gordon was appointed to head the archdiocese’ Life Marriage and Family Centre).

Eileen is a member of the Marian Community of Reconciliation (Fraternas) and has been serving in the archdiocese of Sydney since 2011.

She was born in Montreal, Canada and studied engineering at McGill University.

As a Fraterna, she has lived in the USA, England, Peru and now Australia where she has spent the past 4.5 years as the Evangelisation Officer at UTS Catholic Chaplaincy.

She said of her new appointment: “It is a joy to embrace this new mission that the Lord has entrusted to me.”

“With his grace, I hope to continue the work of evangelisation that is already in motion at UNSW and contribute to the formation of new missionary disciples who are equipped to spread the Good News in the heart of today’s world.”