Melbourne campus services

Groups and activities

We do a wide variety of things to help you make the most of university life, meet new people and explore your faith or spirituality. Some of our activities include:

  • providing some of the pastoral support you may need to settle into life at university
  • arranging various social activities to help you meet people and make the most of university life
  • hosting meals on campus help you build relationships and feel part of the campus community
  • organising trips, particularly for international students who want to explore Melbourne
  • organising times for reflection, prayer and worship
  • spiritual direction and mentoring
  • leading or organising various discussion and bible study groups

Worship on campus

Student Clubs

La Trobe Student Union include a number of student clubs associated with a faith group.

View all student clubs.

Catholic services

La Trobe Catholic chaplaincy is committed to supporting and enriching the spiritual life of the University community following the Catholic Christian tradition of worship, discernment, prayer and service. At the heart of all our activities is the daily invitation to person encounter with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and the opportunity of intimate union with Him in divine Adoration.

The Catholic priest Fr. Phuong Vu, SVD is a spiritual director and retreat master, and speaks English, Vietnamese and Mandarin. The chaplaincy offers an environment that seeks to encourage genuine and intelligent reflection on authentic Christian witnessing firmly rooted in biblical, doctrinal and catechetical foundations. Building on individual talents and personal experiences we strive to foster a strong sense of community through service and solidarity.

Catholic activities include:

Mass

Monday to Friday: 1.05pm
Sunday: 11.00am

Adoration

Friday: 1.30pm to 2.00 pm

Bible Study

Thursday: 1.30pm to 2.00 pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Always available on request

Retreat

Annual

Muslim Prayer Room

The Melbourne campus has separate prayer rooms and ablution facilities for men and women, located in the Education 2 Building. Congregational prayers are conducted on Friday lunchtimes.

Information packs for newly-arrived Muslim students are available from La Trobe International.

Further useful information for Muslim students.

Facilities

We invite students to utilise the chapel and small lounge in Humanities 3, Room 471. The chapel provides space for reflection, prayer and retreat or bible study. The lounge is place where anybody can sit and read, catch up with friends and meet new people or simply just chill out. It also has access to a small kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave for heating food.

Muslim prayer rooms
The Melbourne campus has separate prayer rooms and ablution facilities for men and women, located in the Education 2 Building. Information packs for newly-arrived Muslim students are available from La Trobe International. To gain access to the prayer room, email cardaccess@latrobe.edu.au with your student ID number, card access number (on the back of your student ID card), and access required (male/female room).

Chaplaincy team

Rev Peter Leslie

Peter is a Christian, he is married to Rosie and he enjoys talking about our search for meaning and significance. Peter is supported as a Chaplain by the Presbyterian church. He is on campus Monday-Friday.

Rev Peter Leslie

Presbyterian Chaplain

HU3 | 424, Melbourne

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Rabbi Dr Yankel Rapp

Rabbi RappYankel practiced Dentistry in Melbourne after graduating from the University of Melbourne. During this time, he became a Jewish Biblical scholar. He is married with eight children and numerous grandchildren. He continues to study Jewish spirituality and he teaches and mentors his students both Jewish and Non-Jewish. He is interested in helping people to realize the true potential of their lives and to help to perfect the world by promoting the Universal Noachide Laws.

Rabbi Doctor Yankel Rapp

Jewish Chaplain

HU3 | 422, Melbourne

Please call me for an appointment.

Fr. Phuong Vu, SVD

Born in Vietnam, grew up in Brisbane, and missioned in China.   He is a Catholic Chaplain priest who ministers at La Trobe University.  He is a qualified spiritual director and enjoys giving Spiritual Direction and retreat.

Fr. Phuong Vu

Catholic Chaplain

HU3 | 420, Melbourne

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tariq Halimi

Tariq is an adjunct lecturer in marketing at La Trobe Business School, Bundoora. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering, management, and education, and a PhD in marketing. Tariq is one of the Imams of La Trobe University Islamic Society, Bundoora.

Vikram Panchal

Vikram was born in India to a Hindu family. After being raised in a school run by Christian missionaries Vikram gave his life to Jesus. The spiritual seed sown here continued to mature until he was baptised many years later in Melbourne, Australia. Vikram graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in Commerce and I.S. and has worked with Linfox Australia. Since then he completed a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. Today Vikram serves as a church planter for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His passion is his family and leading people to Jesus.

Vikram Panchal

HU3 | 418, Melbourne

Mobile: 0469 145 156

Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00am -5:00pm

Rabbi Mendy Ajzenszmidt

Rabbi Mendy was born and raised in Melbourne and undertook Jewish studies in Israel, Canada and USA. After receiving his Rabbinical ordination in Miami, Florida, Rabbi Mendy served as an assistant Rabbi in Cambodia, China and Vietnam.

In 2010 Rabbi Mendy and  Lifshy married. They were appointed as the Rabbi and co-directors of Chabad of Lantau where they served the Jewish communities of Discovery Bay and Tung Chung on Lantau Island, Hong Kong for 6 years.

In 2017 they were appointed the co-directors of Chabad Campus based in Melbourne which serves Jewish tertiary students across Victoria on and off campus. Rabbi Mendy is the Jewish chaplain at La Trobe University as well as Monash, Melbourne and Deakin universities.

Rabbi Mendy and Lifshy are proud parents of four beautiful children.

Mahir Murad

Mahir was Born in Iraq, fled during the gulf war, arrived in Australia in 1992. Graduated from Catholic Theological College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is a Catholic Chaplain who ministers and actively works with young people at La Trobe University. Mahir has been doing Youth Ministry for over 10 years and has extensive experience.

Mahir is on campus Monday – Wednesday

Mr. Mahir Murad T: 03 9479 3989

Catholic Chaplain Email:

HU3 | 420, Melbourne

Office Hours:  Monday – Wednesday  9:00am - 5:00pm