In accord with what Saint John Paul II wrote in the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae (15 August 1990), where he pointed out that “the objective of a Catholic University is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture” (no 13), the chaplaincy of the University of Saint Joseph endeavors to provide for the doctrinal, moral, and spiritual needs of all staff and students of the university.

The Chaplaincy is responsible for:

  1. Making the Sacraments available to Catholics on campus (Holy Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation)
  2. Offering catechetical preparation and referral to parishes for those who wish to receive the other Sacraments (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick)
  3. Providing personal spiritual guidance upon request
  4. Organising activities geared towards introducing or deepening knowledge of the Catholic faith
  5. Supporting the Catholic student society
  6. Offering a visible presence of the Catholic Church on campus and actively seeking to engage Catholic and
    non-Catholic students in dialogue on important questions and issues common to all


  • Time and Language: to be announced for the academic year 2022-2023


  • Time: By appointment

Fr MandiaPicture of Father Rafael Gemelli Vigolo
Fr Cyril Jerome Law, Jr.Fr. José Mario O MandiaFr. Rafael Gemelli Vigolo, MCCJ or
English, Italiano
English, Tagalog,
Cantonese, Español
Português, English, Cantonese
Please feel free to write to any one of the above chaplains or simply call +853-85925699.

You may also contact Sister Maria Shan Dao Zhi Mu, SSVM

Email: [Cantonese/Mandarin, English]

What is a Chaplain?

The word chaplain 校牧 (a priest dedicated to serving a particular group of people 專職司鐸) is related to the French word chapelle (chapel in English; a small church 小堂). And the word chapel is related to the cape (cloak) of St. Martin of Tours 聖 瑪 爾 定 (316-397), a soldier who became a bishop. Legend has it that Martin had his soldier’s cape cut in half to share with a poor beggar who was later identified to be Jesus in a dream. “The priest who cared for the cloak in its reliquary was called a cappellanu, and ultimately all priests who served the military were called cappellani. The French translation is chapelains, from which the English word chaplain is derived.” (Retrieved from

El Greco (Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος), Saint Martin and the Beggar, 1597-1599, NGA 1164

What do the Chaplains do?

First and foremost, the Chaplains pray for you and your family (while you are having classes and your family are working or doing household chores)!

Let us now make our prayer to our Heavenly Patron, Saint Joseph:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

Chaplaincy Office: Basement, Residential Building, Ilha Verde Campus

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact or call +853-85925699.

Last Updated: September 20, 2022 at 9:17 am