DMU welcomes new Christian Faith Advisor to boost our OpenFaith initiative


DMU is pleased to welcome Johannes Arens as the newly appointed Christian Faith Advisor. Currently the Canon Precentor at Leicester Cathedral, Johannes will be starting his voluntary post at DMU in mid-July.

Johannes will be available to support all students (and staff) regardless of belief and provide regular wellbeing activities and faith-based services through our OpenFaith initiative.

Fr Johannes Arens560
Fr Johannes Arens

As part of #HealthyDMU, OpenFaith incorporates faith and spirituality within our wellbeing and welfare services. It encourages students of all faiths and no-faith to come together in celebrating diversity and universal humanitarian values.

The initiative encourages campus cohesion by welcoming all students and staff to access support and a variety of spiritual facilities including the prayer room, chapel, breathing space and sharing space, all located in the Portland Building.

Fr Johannes is excited to start his work at DMU, he said: “I’m looking forward to explore together with colleagues from different denominations and faith communities how we can chaplain to DMU, both to staff and students alike; and how we can build bridges between the university and faith communities in the city.”

DMU faith advisors provide students with pastoral care through a safe space and an avenue to access various welfare and wellbeing services at DMU.

The OpenFaith initiative also allows students to book 1-2-1 drop in sessions with our faith advisors as well as offering faith-based, tailor-made masterclasses that enhance student wellbeing and productivity.

To find out more contact our Student Cohesion Officer:


Posted on Thursday 11th July 2019

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