Hello everyone,

My name is Joe McCay and I am the Lay Chaplain at Christ the King School since September 2018. I also look after four primary schools – Sacred Heart in Carlton, Saint Margaret Clitherow in Bestwood, Holy Cross, Hucknall and The Good Shepherd in Arnold. I started chaplaincy work in Easter 2018 and have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far.

I did have a past before I became a chaplain however, and that was as a trainee Catholic priest. I trained as a Catholic priest for four years which led me to some great opportunities and some truly wonderful experiences. I really did enjoy this time in my life but I felt that God was telling me that it was not the right time for me to be a priest, so I left to continue discerning.

Then the opportunity to help the Diocese with chaplaincy arose and the rest is history!