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Meet our Lay Chaplain

Meet our Lay Chaplain 1 Joe Hopkins - Chaplain

About our Chaplain

Joe Hopkins is our Lay Chaplain, Joe started working at Holy Cross in September 2015 though he’d been a number of times before this as he has been the Lay Chaplain of Christ the King since January 2013.  Before school chaplaincy he has worked at University Chaplaincies at the University of Birmingham, the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham; and has volunteered in numerous parishes in Derby and Nottingham as a Catechist, Musician and Altar Server.

Proudest moment

One of his proudest moments was when as a University student he was one of the representatives for the UK at a conference in Rome and got to meet and speak to Pope Benedict.


Joe’s hobbies include supporting Derby County; playing Gaelic Football and running; watching films; playing guitar, bass and mandolin.

Why Chaplaincy?

Joe studied Drama and Theatre Arts at University but decided to give up on being an actor to be a Chaplain instead. The reason for this was that he wanted young people to experience that God is real and our Catholic faith is life changing!


Joe works fortnightly at Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoons, he can be contact by email:; twitter: @CtKChaplaincy; by phone 0115 955 6262 ext. 156


Joe Hopkins

Lay Chaplain

Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Twitter: @CtKChaplaincy