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No matter who you are, or what you believe, chaplaincy is here for you.

The Chaplaincy program at Huron University College offers you a safe place to share your struggles, explore your questions, and celebrate the joy of life.

For up to date information on events and activities in and around the chapel, please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StJohnsChapelHUC

During the summer months (June-August) there are no regularly scheduled liturgies in St. John's Chapel.

Worship Times

During the academic term, the chapel is open 24/7 as a sacred space for prayer, reflection, and quiet meditation.

There are regular services every week while classes are in session during the academic term:

Sunday at 11:00 AM: Holy Eucharist - A celebration of Holy Eucharist with hymns accompanied by the chapel organ.

Wednesday at 11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist - A weekly celebration of Holy Eucharist. Followed by lunch-time fellowship hosted by the Faculty of Theology.

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8:40 AM: Morning Prayer - A celebration of Morning Prayer according to the different forms of the Book of Alternative Services and the Book of Common Prayer.

Friday at 8:40 AM: Centring Prayer - A reading from one of the masters of centring prayer followed by 20 minutes of silent, contemplative, mindful prayer.

  • The Chaplaincy Team

  • The Rev. Dr. Gary Thorne

    The Rev. Dr. Gary thorne comes to us from the University of King’s College in Halifax N.S., where he has served as chaplain to both King’s College and Dalhousie University for the past thirteen years. He has significant experience in university chaplaincy and especially ministry in a multi-faith context.

    Gary has a BA (Philosophy) from Acadia University and Aberdeen University, an M.A. (Philosophy) from Dalhousie University, an M.A. (Classics) from Dalhousie University, an M.Div. from the Atlantic School of Theology, and a Ph.D. (Theology) from Durham University.

    A passionate advocate for social justice, he has served as a Board member of the Halifax Metro Non-Profit Housing Association, an advocacy group for the homeless and those living on the street. He has also served on the Board of the Stepping Stone Association, an advocacy organization for men and women in the sex trade. Additional service has been on the boards of Metro Welfare Rights, the Halifax Association of Community Living, Phoenix House Services for Youth, and many others. He has also been involved since its inception with the Halifax Humanities Program, a university-level program offered to those living in material poverty or with chronic psychological distress who thus have little or no access to traditional post-secondary education.

    He is retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel from the Canadian Armed Forces, having received several decorations as a result of his service, including a tour with the United Nations Observer Force in the Golan Heights.

    He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates as well as the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

  • Chaplaincy FAQs

  • What is chaplaincy?

    Chaplaincy is a ministry service that is intended to support the entire Huron University College community. Chaplaincy at Huron is also the Anglican chaplaincy to all of Western University. Students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and identities are all encouraged to seek us out for support and assistance of any kind.


    What do you do?

    The chaplaincy team is available to listen, and offer advice, support, and encouragement. We are also responsible for the parish communities of St. John's Chapel.Tell us what you need, and we’ll tell you what we have to offer. If we are not able to provide the support, we will do our best to find someone who can.


    Why Anglican?

    Huron University College is an institution rooted in the Anglican tradition. That unique heritage informs our identity and our life as a community. The chaplaincy is available to all people, regardless of their background, beliefs or religious identity.


    What Chaplaincy isn't about…

    Chaplaincy is not about trying to convert anyone into any one way of thinking. It is not about promoting the Anglican Church of Canada, the Christian tradition, or religious belief in general. There are no fees for our services, and no strings attached.

  • Contact Us

  • Looking For Help?

    The chaplaincy team is available for appointments during regular hours. Please drop by the office (A104) or call (519) 438-7224, Ext. 294 with any inquiries.


    If you are in urgent need of immediate support, please contact the CMHA Middlesex Crisis Response Line at 519-433-2023 or toll-free at 1-866-933-2023 (available 24/7) or visit: http://cmhamiddlesex.ca

    For Western students in need of support, please contact Student Health Services at Western to arrange short and long-term counselling. Call 519-661-3030 (during business hours) or visit: http://uwo.ca/health/services/students/shs

    St. John's Chapel

    To inquire about bookings or for more information about the St. John's Chapel at Huron University College, please contact:

    Mr. William Lupton
    (519) 438-7224 Ext. 335

  • About the Chapel

  • Worship at Huron

    St. John's Chapel is a parish in the Anglican Diocese of Huron, and worships in the Anglican tradition. All are most welcome to participate. The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes all people, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, identity, or background. The Anglican Church of Canada's mission statement is available here: https://www.anglican.ca/about/beliefs/mission-statement/

    History of the Building

    St. John's Chapel is a simple and intimate worship space. It was built in the early 1950's to replace a previous building dating back to the 1860's. The chapel is collegiate in style, meaning that the pews face one another across the space, rather than facing the front of the building. Facing east, the stained-glass window bathes the church in natural light. The Chapel can seat up to 140 persons, including the balcony. It is equipped with a Casavant Organ which was also built in the early 1950's and rebuilt in 2006. For more information on the organ and its use, please see that section of our website.

    There are a number of Orthodox icons hanging in the chapel, most notable of which is a hand painted 19th Century Russian Icon of the Most Holy Trinity. The doors of the chapel are flanked by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and in the smaller space for meditation, the Blessed Virgin, St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist keep their watch. These aids to devotion are used by all those who gather in the chapel, either for regular worship, or for private devotion. There are also simple Stations of the Cross which line the chapel, drawing the eye toward the altar. The tabernacle (place of reservation of the Blessed Sacrament) is in the southeast corner of the sanctuary.

  • Programs and Events

  • Breakfast Program

    Regularly on Sundays, following worship, a breakfast is hosted in the Great Hall. All Huron students are invited to attend, even those not taking part in the worship service. This ministry is intended to support those students with limited financial means who experience food insecurity.

    Lessons and Carols

    Each year we hold a celebration of Lessons and Carols. Held toward the end of the first term, this service draws on the richness of our Anglican tradition to celebrate the season of Advent in words and song. Readings from the Bible alternate with sacred music to create a beautiful and powerful worship experience.

    Holy Week and Easter

    Easter is the greatest celebration of the Christian tradition, proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Commemorated over a four-day period, this cycle of worship is made up of three parts: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. Together, they form a single liturgy known as the Triduum.

  • Baptism, Weddings and Funerals

  • Baptism

    Baptism is the primary rite of Christian initiation, the sign and seal of a person's full membership in the universal Church: that is, Christ's body in the world. The chaplaincy team welcomes inquiries regarding the baptism of infants, children, and adults alike.

    Please contact the chaplaincy team for further information about baptism.


    Holy Matrimony
    Marriage is a joyful arrangement: a human relationship in which two people commit themselves to each other through promises of love and faithfulness. In the Christian understanding, Holy Matrimony (in which vows are made and a covenant is established) heralds the creation of a new unity. Vows are made before God, with witnesses present and God's blessing is asked on the marriage.  

    Blessing of Civil Marriage
    The Diocese of Huron has affirmed the desire of couples who have been civilly married to have their relationships brought before the Church. These relationships may be blessed in liturgy with the families, friends, and parish community present.

    Please contact the chaplaincy team if you are interested in having a wedding or blessing of a civil marriage at St. John's Chapel.


    Death is a natural part of human life, and an important stage in the spiritual journey. The dead enter into a new reality as those left behind mourn their passing and celebrate the lives they have lived and the love they have shown.

    Like other rites of passage, funerals are among the services of the Anglican Church, and a part of worship at the chapel. Please contact the chaplaincy team if you have questions about funerals at St. John's Chapel.

  • Organ Music at Huron

  • Chapel Organist

    William Lupton has been the Chapel Organist and Director of Music since 1995. He is responsible for playing worship services during the academic year. He prepares the officiants and cantors in their music roles, selects music for worship, trains organ scholars, and teaches church music and liturgy courses in the Faculty of Theology.

    William has served in parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Huron. From 1980-1990 he was Associate Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, London Ontario, which also included a term as Interim Organist and Master of the Choristers.

    William is accredited in organ performance and church music from England and Canada. In 2001 he received an honorary Fellowship from the National College of Music and Arts in England for contributions to church music. In 2005 at Salisbury Cathedral, he received the Fellowship diploma from Dr. Mary Archer, President of the Guild of Church Musicians and on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. His dissertation was titled High and Low: A Comparison of two Anglican churches and a rationale for the development of indigenous Canadian liturgy.

    He has led two choir tours of England singing in Chelmsford, Norwich, Ely, Bristol and Ripon Cathedrals, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He has also produced and directed two choir recordings of anthems and Christmas music. In 2019, he will lead a singing tour of England beginning at Leicester Cathedral. 

    William is Vice-President of the Royal School of Church Music Canada, currently Chair of the Niagara-Huron Chapter, and Administrator-Head Examiner of the RSCM Singing Awards.

    In addition to Huron duties, William is Organist and Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields. In May 2015 at Synod’s opening service, The Right Revd Robert Bennett presented William with the Order of Huron for service to the church including 20 years at Huron University College and 50 years as an organist, having started at the age of ten.

    In 2016, the Council of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) England elected William as an Associate for contributions to the RSCM as former president of RSCM Canada. He received his Associate diploma at the RSCM's Celebration Day at Canterbury Cathedral in October 2017.

    Organ Scholars

    This programme began in 2006 and provides organ students with the opportunity of learning to play the organ for the Sunday Eucharist from September to April. Scholars are provided with free organ lessons, practice time, and an honorarium for playing each Sunday. As time allows, organ scholars have the opportunity to work towards a diploma in organ performance, if they so wish.

    In 2018-2019, our organ scholars are Catherine, Rebecca, Ethan and Ian.

    If you are interested in the organ scholar programme, please contact Mr. William Lupton or the chaplaincy team for more information.

    Chapel Organ

    In 1951 the new building was open and Casavant Frères supplied an organ of two manuals and pedal, Opus 2067, for the chapel. After decades of constant use, the organ was in need of additional maintenance and repair. In 2006 Pole and Kingham Ltd. were contracted to clean, rebuild and expand the instrument. A new console was installed as well as additional ranks to round out the ability and flexibility of the organ. VanderZee Organs, successor to Pole and Kingham Ltd., maintains the chapel organ.

    Stoplist 2006

    Great                                                                          Swell

    Open Diapason 8                                                         Bourdon 16

    Solo Flute 8                                                                 Geigen Principal 8

    Gedeckt 8                                                                    Stopped Diapason 8

    Octave 4                                                                      Salicional 8

    Rohrflute 4                                                                  Voix Celeste 8

    Fifteenth 2                                                                   Gemshorn 4

    Blockflute 2                                                                 Fifteenth 2

    Nazard 2 2/3                                                                Mixture III

    Tierce 1 3/5                                                                  Contra Oboe 16 (extension of Oboe 8)

    Trumpet 8 (from Swell)                                               Trumpet 8

    Sub Coupler                                                                 Clarion (extension of Trumpet 8)

    Super Coupler                                                              Sub Coupler

    Unison Off                                                                  Super Coupler

    Tremulant                                                                    Unison Off



    Pedal                                                                           Couplers

    Contra Bourdon 32                                                      Great to Pedal 8

    Bourdon 16                                                                 Great to Pedal 4

    Lieblich Gedeckt 16 (from Swell)                              Swell to Pedal 8

    Octave 8                                                                      Swell to Pedal 4

    Stopped Flute 8                                                           Swell to Great 16

    Choral Bass 4                                                              Swell to Great 8

    Mixture IV                                                                   Swell to Great 4

    Trombone 16

    Contra Fagotto 16 (from Swell)

    Trumpet 8 (from Swell)



    6 pistons on Great

    6 pistons on Swell

    6 pistons on Pedal

    10 General pistons (manuals, toe pistons)

    Cancel piston

    Swell to Great piston

    Swell to Pedal (finger and toe pistons)

    Great to Pedal (finger and toe pistons)

    Trombone 16 (toe piston)

    Contra Bourdon 32 (toe piston)

    SFZ (finger and toe pistons)


  • Other Faith Traditions

  • For people seeking worship or spiritual support in other faith traditions, there are options in and around the Western campus.

    Roman Catholic

    King's College Campus Ministry

    Roman Catholic Chaplains - 519-963-1477
    Director: Fr. Michael Bechard

    Parish Deacon: Jim Donovan Panchaud

    Pastoral Counsellor: Melissa Page Nichols

    Campus Minister: Annette Donovan Panchaud

    Campus Minister: Janet Loo

    Campus Minister: Maija Wilson

    Administrative Assistant: Lisa Caeiro

    Roman Catholic Mass Schedule:

    Holy Eucharist
    9:00 a.m. Immaculate Conception Chapel at Windermere on the Mount
    10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception Chapel at Windermere on the the Mount
    5:00 p.m. Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Labatt Hall at King's University College

    Tuesday through Friday
    12:30 pm in Christ the King Chapel in the Wemple Building

    United Church of Canada Chaplain

    The United Church Chaplain is available to all who seek counsel and companionship.
    Rev. Karen Low

    The Christian Reformed Church of North America

    Mike Wagenman also serves as the Chaplain Co-ordinator for the Western University Chaplain's Service. The Rev Mike Wagenman - 519-280-6625

    The Presbyterian Church of Canada

    The Rev. John Park

    The Korean Presbyterian Church

    Rev. Young Ho Yoon

    Jewish Chaplain

    Chabad House is located at the Richmond Gates of the University.
    Rabbi Mordechai Silberberg - 519-434-3623
    Chabad House of London
    1114 Richmond Street

    Muslim Chaplain

    The Muslim Prayer Room is located in University Community Centre, Room 38A.