Mass to Remember Fr David Smith


Unfortunately, due to the current climate, the University has reluctantly reached the view that the remembrance event taking place on Saturday 16 May 2020 should be postponed. The University is very sorry to find itself in this position but hope you understand the decision we have had to take.

We hope to welcome you to campus when organisers have been able to re-schedule a new date.

Profile photo of David Smith.

Leeds Trinity University is holding a Mass for former Chaplain, Fr David Smith, as it is 25 years since he sadly passed away.

What's happening?

Fr David, born in Otley in 1936, was appointed Chaplain to Trinity and All Saints College in September 1982. At the same time, he became vocations Director for the diocese. Fr David was a very active chaplain who led support groups for staff and students as well as establishing liturgical, music, Justice and Peace and SVP (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul) groups and acted as the chairman of the Former Students Association.

Fr David left the College in July 1991 to become the Director of the National Vocations Centre in Leeds. He sadly passed away in Otley Hospital on 20 May 1995 after collapsing on a working holiday in New York in 1994.

We expect that a number of alumni will be returning who haven't been on campus for some time, so we will put on campus tours before the Mass.

In the atrium, following the Mass, there will be a chance to share memories of Fr David. These will be presented to his family following the event.

1.30 – 2.30pm Campus tours (meet in reception)

3.00 – 4.00pm Mass, Chapel

4.00 – 5.00pm Tea, coffee and nibbles in the atrium

5.00pm onwards StUdio bar open for anyone who would like to purchase drinks


This event has been postponed due to the current climate.

Saturday 16 May 2020


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD.

The Mass will take place in the Chapel, followed by refreshments in the atrium.

Do I need to book?

We'd appreciate everyone letting us know if they are attending for catering purposes, please click here to register via Eventbrite and enter your details as required.

Additional refreshments

Starbucks will be open from 9.30am – 3.30pm on the day. Food will be available on the day, menu TBC depending on numbers.


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Further information

If you have any further queries, please email Alumni Officer, Brett Arnall.