Below is the main team that supports the work of CathSoc and the Catholic
Chaplaincy/ Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Fr Ian Hellyer Role: Chaplain and Priest – Contact Details
The association is served by our chaplain, Father Ian Hellyer, and who is the
Catholic member of the Multi-faith Chaplaincy team of Plymouth University, a
priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and appointed by
Bishop Christopher Budd in September 2011.
Fr Ian recently converted to
Catholicism through a new provision called an ‘Ordinariate’ established by the
Holy Father, Pope Benedict. He was ordained in Plymouth Cathedral in 2011 by
Bishop Christopher Budd.
Formerly he was a priest of the Church of England and has 15 years experience
in pastoral ministry. He is also studying for a Masters Degree in Catholic
Unusually for a Catholic priest, Fr Ian is married and
has a family. This dispensation is granted by the Pope to some former Anglican
clergy as a pastoral provision. Fr Ian is married to Margaret, and they have
nine children ranging from 19 years to 1 years old.
for an article about him published in a national newspaper.)
many things he does as a priest he enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the
Catholic Faith and looks forward to any opportunity to teach the Faith. He can
also be found on a Friday afternoon in the Chaplaincy centre on campus,
frequently discussing topics around science and religion, bioethics, The Lord of
the Rings, the Narnia series or other Sci-Fi or fantasy themes!
Fr Ian grew up in Plymouth and his first job was as a computer programmer
when he also studied for an Electronics qualification at what was then Plymouth
Polytechnic. He left Plymouth to study for a degree in Computer Science at
Lancaster University where he met Margaret, now his wife, and also discerned a
calling to priestly ministry. Then a member of the Anglican church he was
selected and trained for the ministry at Lincoln from where he studied Theology
at Nottingham University. He served the Church of England in Lancashire and then
moved with his family to Devon serving as an Anglican Rector in a group of rural
parishes on Dartmoor.
Following the papal visit of Pope Benedict to England
and Scotland, in 2010 he began to discern the call of God into the Catholic
Church, and together with a group of 1000 other Anglicans decided to enter the
Catholic Church through the new provision of the Ordinariate (in England called
the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham). He is pastor of an
Ordinariate group and celebrates mass with them on a Sunday afternoon at
Buckfast Abbey. He also runs a blog for the Ordinariate at
Damien in the past studied IT with the OU, but was originally at Plymouth
university where he studied chemistry, but has to swap degrees. Along side
volunteering with the Chaplaincy he also works with CAFOD Plymouth. He has a
great love for the outdoors and water, and leads our weekly walks. He currently
works in IT for EE , with the remainder of his time split between the outdoors,
Chaplaincy and CAFOD.
He has also been lucky enough to travel greatly in, Europe, USA, India and
Australia and this year has travelled with in the UK(leaving the best for last
lol). He spent a lot of time out in India and saw what real poverty means and
came home inspired to try and make this world a fairer place.
He lived in
Plymouth for a long time but still is Cornish to the core, it was in Cornwall
where he developed his love and skills for the outdoors.