Multi-faith 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're struggling with life events, studies, unexpected losses and conflicts, relationships or if you just have something on your mind that you need to talk through, 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, please drop in to the Chaplaincy Office, call or send us an enquiry.

Chaplaincy office location: Building 46, 11 Lygon Street (opposite Trades Hall), Carlton

Phone: +61 3 9925 2317

Hours: 10am-2.30pm Mon-Fri, excluding public holidays

Send an enquiry: Get 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
 

Alae Tauleálo

Senior Chaplain – Anglican

Alae is a lay chaplain with a varied professional background in communications and the creative industries. When not at RMIT he is also a lay minister at St Peter’s Eastern Hill in East Melbourne.

He is currently completing a Masters in Theology at Trinity College Theological School and has a strong personal interest in liturgical and biblical studies, cross-cultural and LGTBI-inclusive ministries.
 

Chanh Nguyen

Chaplain – Buddhist

Chanh Nguyen supports the Guided Meditation practice “just sitting” free from beliefs and expectations.  Chanh’s primary interest lies with engaging people, being present, and reconnecting with our wellness, whatever our circumstances.

 

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 Summer

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.
 

Shiekh 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.

Swami Sunishthananda

Chaplain/Monk – Ramakrishna Hindu

Swami Sunishthananda is the Resident Monk In-Charge of Vedanta Centre of Melbourne. He is a monk of the Ramakrishna order. He joined the order in 1991. He served as Principal of various secondary schools run by Ramakrishna Mission in India and as the Manager of Swami Vivekananda College, Nandi Fiji. He shares the insights of his tradition on campus through guided prayer and meditation, study of spiritual texts, and informal discussions.  Swami makes himself available for personal interviews, meditation instruction, and spiritual guidance.
 

Other Chaplains

Abdihakim Sharif – Islamic (Bundoora campus)

Rabbi Bochi Broh – Jewish

Sr Delma Lamb – Catholic

Mahir Murad – Catholic

Fr Nicholas Pearce – Catholic

Yassin Aman – Islamic (Bundoora campus)

 

Chaplaincy administration

Laura Kretiuk – Chaplaincy Administrative Officer

Chaplaincy events

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

Catholic Club

A social opportunity to meet other Catholics at RMIT. Come along for conversation, prayer and rosary.

4-6pm Tuesdays during semester

City campus, Building 8, Level 4, Room 19
 

Jumma prayers and lecture

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

12 noon-2pm Fridays during semester

City campus, Building 47, Level 2, Room 4
 

Mindfulness meditation

Every Monday, 11am-12noon. Running both on campus at City campus (Building 46, Level 2, Room 4) 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).

 

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

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

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