Chaplaincy Chats-Leeds-Science and Faith-Season 4 Ep3

Written by on 03/03/2023

Chaplaincy: Leeds Universities

Ep 3 – Broadcasts on March 4th (Saturday) at 8:00pm, March 6th (Monday) at 5pm, and March 9th (Thursday) at 12:30am

Our panel of speakers included Fr Chris Gorton and Matthew Dell and two students from the chaplaincy: Sona and Anthony.

On this episode we talked about science and RE as subjects in schools, what questions students are asking in primary and secondary schools about the compatibility between science and faith, our speakers share some of their experiences growing up in or working in schools, among other topics. Are different disciplines talking to each to each other to make well-rounded students who are able to answer questions from different points of view? Could you be called to becoming a teacher?


Fr Chris Gorton is a priest of Salford Diocese currently in a parish in Bolton. After studying music at Goldsmiths College, London University he trained for the priesthood at Ushaw College, Durham. Whilst there he had the opportunity to study for the theology degree at Durham with students from all different backgrounds. After ordination he was a university chaplain for four years in Manchester for MMU and the RNCM. He also studied for his PGCE at Newman college in Birmingham before working for four years as a team leader at Lancaster Diocese Youth centre and a year in the classroom at St Gabriel’s, Bury. After chaplaincy he was twelve years in a parish in Pendle,  East Lancashire and throughout his time in ministry has been involved in the primary and secondary schools in the parish and helped with training for teachers within the diocese, youth ministry and parish development within the department for formation in the diocese.

Matthew Dell is a senior lecturer at St Mary’s University (Twickenham, London), course lead for the MA Education.  Prior to taking up this post five years ago, he worked for twenty-five years as an RE teacher in three different schools.  Alongside vast experience of being Head of RE he has been heavily involved as an RE inspector within the Catholic sector.  In recent years he has been collaborating with colleagues to create a new professional association for those who teach RE in Catholic schools (Association of Teachers of Catholic RE – ACTRE).

Sona is a 2nd Year Dentistry student.

Anthony is doing a PhD in Biology (honey bees specifically!)

Science and Faith quiz: Do you know who the two individuals below are? Who came up with the Big Bang theory?

Georges Lemaitre and Albert Einstein – Image Credit: Catholic Education Resource Center

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