Welcome to the Maricourt chaplaincy webpage. Maricourt chaplaincy is based in Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, Liverpool. For more information about Maricourt, please click on the following link: https://www.maricourt.net/
My name is Ken McCabe and I am the chaplain here in Maricourt. Before coming to Maricourt as a teacher and now as chaplain, I was the Roman Catholic chaplain in Liverpool Hope University in Woolton and then I worked as the chaplain in Liverpool Prison in Walton (not as scary as it sounds!!).
What chaplaincy is about…
In the school, I am responsible for helping to ensure that the Catholic mission and ethos of the school becomes a reality and does not just stay written on paper. Our mission statement is central to the everyday life of the school. It reads:
‘Maricourt seeks to provide and sustain a living Catholic community which is rooted in Christian values and where growth and knowledge, respect, love and fellowship are shared by all.’
I lead students and staff in times of worship, especially at important times of the year like Christmas and Easter. I also lead assemblies on various religious themes, support the RE department in their teaching and get students involved in justice and peace activities. Finally, I try to be a caring and supportive presence for both staff and students in the school.
For our students, these are often the most exciting and challenging years of their lives and they are some of the most important too. This is the time they start to really develop physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually so it can be a very uncertain time. I hope to, along with other staff, be a guide, a support and a mentor for them in this stage of their lives. The chaplaincy door is always open!
As a chaplain I believe in what Jesus said – he came that we “could have life, life to the full” (Jn 10:10). It is my dream and prayer that our students’ journey through Maricourt will be a time when they felt they lived life to the full.
Just as it is for young people, this time of life can be a roller-coaster for their families too! I try to work alongside them and make sure that their child is supported in every way possible. To do this, I work closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Progress Leaders, pastoral staff, teachers and learning mentors.
We have an incredible staff in Maricourt and we are proud to call ourselves a family. I believe that teaching is one of the most important vocations in our society today and chaplaincy aims to support all our staff, whatever their capacity, as they seek to help our students realise their full potential. That is why my ministry is to them also; I offer advice, guidance and prayer as we journey through the academic year together.