My name is Father Richard Duffield, the Catholic Chaplain to the University of York. I’m a fresher just starting this term in September 2021. So if you’re in the same position I know how you feel. I'm probably a lot more confused than you are. Old hands please be patient with me while I learn new ways! (Note to self, update this page next year...)
When not in More House or around on campus I'm to be found at the Oratory, my community in the city. We look after St Wilfrid's in Duncombe Place, near the Minster. We also take care of St Margaret Clitherow's Shrine in the Shambles and St Joseph's Church in Clifton.
I grew up in York. My parents began the university bookshop here in the 1960s. That vanished a long time ago. Do students still buy books?
My degree was in English from a university "down south". I joined the Birmingham Oratory in 1986. After studies in Philosophy and Theology I was ordained in 1992. I'm happy to be challenged by anyone studying the harder mathematical and scientific stuff.
Before coming back to York in 2013 I worked in Birmingham, Rome and Oxford. I like music (mainly classical) and books, old churches and houses, walking in the Yorkshire countryside, travel - when it's allowed - cooking food and eating it, preferably with a nice bottle of something white or red. I'm sure York students will expand my horizons and my tastes!
University Chaplaincy is a new challenge for me. I'm waiting to see if my previous life - nineteen years as a parish priest and twelve as a chaplain in various prisons - will be relevant experience. I suspect it may!
You can contact me here or on the More House mobile number 07931 738921 or the land line 01904 410446