Chaplaincy

RMIT Chaplaincy provides help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths, and also assists those with secular views.

About RMIT Chaplaincy

RMIT's Chaplains are trained multi-faith spiritual advisers representing Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic faiths and Integral Spirituality traditions. We provide support to students and staff of all faiths, and also provides guidance to those who identify as secular. 

If you have something on your mind that you need to talk through like life events, studies, unexpected losses and conflicts, relationships, we are ready with a listening ear. 

Conversations with a Chaplain are confidential and open to all RMIT students and staff – you do not need to be someone of faith to talk to a Chaplain.

Talk to a Chaplain

If you'd like to talk to a Chaplain call or send us an enquiry.

Multi-faith Chaplaincy location: Building 47, 8 Orr St, Carlton.

Phone: +61 3 9925 2317

Email: chaplaincy@rmit.edu.au

Hours: 10am-2pm Monday-Friday (or by appointment), excluding public holidays.

Send an enquiryGet spiritual support (For "Topic", select "Wellbeing, Support & Housing" and for "Question", select "Get spiritual support". In the "Description" section, please share with us how we can support you).

If you know which Chaplain you want to talk to, let us know when you contact us. If you want to talk to someone but don't know who, don't worry, we'll help you.

Meet our Chaplains

 

Costa Englezos

Chaplain – Community Churches of Victoria

Whilst teaching for 18 years at RMIT Business, Costa ran weekend orientation camps for local and international students, developed student mentor programs and founded SLAMS (Student Learning Advisor Mentors).

His passion in life is to love God and to demonstrate that by loving and serving people. In particular, that means helping to meet the needs of students as the “whole person” – academic, personal, practical, emotional, and spiritual.

Costa has served with a number of Christian bodies over the years (Presbyterian church, Brethren church, The Navigators, and Christian Union), but the “denominational tag” is not important to him since he calls himself a CHRISTian not a CHURCHian.

 

Rev Helen Summers

Chaplain – Interfaith (Brunswick Campus)

Rev Helen Summers is an Interfaith Minister who studied in New York and was ordained in 1997. Helen brings many years of experience in education and pastoral care to the role of chaplain.

As an Interfaith Minister, Helen embraces the deep truths found at the heart of all authentic spiritual traditions that give meaning to life, and the shared wealth of spiritual practices that help us evolve and grow. Helen is deeply respectful of the commitment to common values of peace, compassion, wisdom, service, and above all, love, which is found in all traditions. Interfaith Ministers acknowledge the One Spirit that resides in all.
 

Sheik Riad Galil

Chaplain – Islamic

Riad Galil has been serving as the Imam of the West Heidelberg Mosque for the past 15 years. He is an educationalist by profession, working at the secondary and tertiary levels. Interfaith dialogue is so important to him as he is a member of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) and the Knox Multicultural Advisory Committee, Publicity Officer at the Knox Interfaith Network and Executive Member of the Victorian Board of Imams. In 2011 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Islamic community and the promotion of interfaith relationships.

Rev Amy Footson 

Chaplain – Anglican 

Reverend Amy Footson is an ordained Anglican minister in the Anglican Church of Australia. Amy was ordained in July 2023 in London, UK and serves as a minister at St. Paul's Cathedral on Flinders Street, Melbourne alongside serving as a chaplain at RMIT (City campus).
 

Victoria Wilson 

Chaplain – Buddhist

Victoria welcomes everyone from the RMIT community regardless of religious background and ethnicity to enjoy the benefits of mindful based stress reduction techniques and loving kindness practices. Her manner is friendly and relaxed, open to all seeking more peace and happiness in their lives using accessible secular techniques. Victoria comes from a Mahayana background but has deep respect for the Theravada tradition having studied and attended numerous retreats over the years. Victoria travels to India annually to further her practice and studies and teaches at retreats in Bali and Europe.
 

Other Chaplains

Rabbi Boruch Broh – Jewish Chaplain

Sr Delma Lamb – Catholic Chaplain

Yassin Aman – Islamic Chaplain (Bundoora campus)

 

Chaplaincy administration

Laura Kretiuk – Chaplaincy Administrative Officer

Chaplaincy events

All events are free and open to all RMIT students and staff.

Jumma prayers and lecture

Friday prayer for Muslims studying or working at RMIT. Facilitated by Sheikh Riad Galil.

12noon-2pm Fridays during semeste

City campus, Building 47, level 2, Room 2 (male) and Level 1, Room 7 (female).


Meditation - The club for bad meditators

No experience required. Open to all. 

A safe and inclusive space to cultivate compassion and share stress reduction techniques to help navigate this complicated world. 

Meditation runs every Tuesday from 5 March 2024

City Campus, building 47, Level 1, Room 008

Hosted by RMIT Buddhist Chaplain, Victoria Wilson on 0414 850 093 or via email at victoria.wilson@rmit.edu.au.
 

Mindfulness meditation

Recommencing Monday 8 April, then running every Monday, 12noon to 1pm.
Running both on campus at City campus, Building 47, Level 1, Room 008 and online via Microsoft Teams. No bookings required.

Students can download Microsoft Teams via the Office 365 Education website (log in with your RMIT student email eg. s1234567@student.rmit.edu.au). Click here for detailed installation instructions (PDF, 3MB).

 

For more information about any events, send an enquiry request.

Are you interested in joining a spiritual club or society? Find all spiritual clubs on the RMIT Student Union (RUSU) website.

Multi-faith prayer rooms

Access by student card or staff card only (swipe access)

Multi-faith prayer rooms are available at City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses. Find prayer room locations and booking information.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.