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The College's role as an ecclesiastical patron

Advowsons: The College Livings

About Advowsons

An advowson is the right of a patron to appoint a clergyman or clergywoman to a parish. Keble College is either sole or joint patron of 67 parishes all over England from Cornwall to Norfolk and from the Isle of Wight to Yorkshire. Once, the patron had complete power to appoint the new priest; today, that power is quite rightly exercised jointly with the local bishop and the parish itself.

The College tries to be an interested and active patron, and to that end we invite the clergy from our parishes to the College for a biennial conference. The Chaplain accepts invitations to preach in the parishes whenever possible, and, when a vacancy arises, visits the parish concerned to guide them through the appointment process. We also invite parishioners to join our Corporate Communion services once a year, and for a Keble Parishes Day lunch and evensong every other year.

The Chaplain acts as Secretary to the Chapel and Advowsons Committee, which oversees the College's patronage. The Committee is chaired by the Warden and comprises six Fellows of the College.

Download the Prayer Card for Keble College Parishes

This prayer card is used at the Daily Offices and Eucharists in Keble College Chapel to offer prayers for the parishes of which the College is patron, especially prayers for their priests and their people.

Harlow Trust for Churches in Birmingham

The Harlow Trust, overseen by Keble College's Advowsons' Committee, offers grants to Anglo-Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Birmingham each year.  Application forms, which may be downloaded below, should be sent to the College by 30 September and grants are awarded each November. Any questions?  Please contact Mrs. Trish Long.

Corporate Communion: Wednesday 15 February 2017

This service gathers together Christians from across the College, as well as many members of Keble parishes, for a sung Eucharist at 7.00pm followed by a festive dinner in Hall at 8.15pm and drinks in the Warden's Lodging.

Keble Parishes Day: 30 September 2017

Every two years, Keble College offers an open day for members of Keble Parishes.  This offering includes tours of the College, lunch in Keble Hall, an afternoon in Oxford, tea, and Evensong in the Chapel.  All are most welcome and invitations and  booking forms will be sent to all parishes a few months before.


Our Services in Term
(all services finish in time for dinner in Hall)

Sung Eucharist at 5.30pm with Keble College Chapel Choir

Morning Prayer at 8.15am

Eucharist at 12.15pm (Wednesday) and 6.30pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

Evensong with Keble College Chapel Choir at 6pm (Wednesday)

Evening Prayer at 6.30pm (Monday and Friday)

Sung Compline at 9.00pm (Thursdays only)