Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Clergy appointments 2017


Updated 18th July 2017


Bishop Philip writes...


I have made the following clergy appointments, which take effect from 8th September 2017. I thank these priests for all they have done and for being willing to make these moves. Please pray that in the new appointments the Lord will bless these pastors and their communities abundantly. 


Canon Paul Townsend to Sacred Heart and St. Theresa of Lisieux, Ringwood and Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Philip Benizi, Fordingbridge


Fr. Mark Hogan to St. Peter and The Winchester Martyrs, Winchester and also Coordinating Pastor of Hampshire Downs Pastoral Area


Fr. Chris Whelan to St. Joseph Basingstoke


Fr. Anthony Glaysher to St. Joseph and St. Mary Aldershot


Fr. Steven Restori to St. Mary’s Ryde


Fr. John Cooke to Immaculate Conception, Christchurch; also as the parish priest of Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe


Fr. Peter Hart to St. Margaret Mary’s, Park Gate 


Fr. James Carling to St. Mary’s Alton 


Fr. Paul Obada to Christ the King and St. Colman Southampton


Fr. Paul Lyons to St. Patrick Southampton and The Annunciation Netley Abbey


Fr. Claro Conde to Corpus Christi and St. Joseph Portsmouth


Fr. Philip Carroll to St John's Cathedral as Assistant Priest and Bishop’s Secretary 


Fr. Andrew Moore as Parochial Administrator to Our Lady Immaculate, Westbourne
(with Fr. Bernadine Nsom, Coordinating Pastor, as Parish Priest)


Fr. John Paul Lyttle as Assistant Priest to English Martyrs Reading and as Reading Hospital Chaplain


Fr. Ansel D’Mello as Assistant Priest to the Cathedral


Fr. Robert Stewart as Assistant Priest to St. Edmund’s, Abingdon


Fr John Lavers will become Parish Priest of St. Anne and St. Mary Magdalen, Alderney. I am especially grateful to him for this as it enables the community of Alderney to have a full-time resident priest. Meanwhile, my gratitude to Canon Michael Hore and the clergy of Guernsey for their ministry there these last years.


In the autumn, Fr. Tom Grufferty will move from Christchurch and ‘change status.’ My thanks to him for all his good work as parish priest and as the Coordinating Pastor and Dean. After a short sabbatical, he will live in Gosport and take up a new role as Chaplain to the Heads and Principals of our schools. He will also assist the priests of the Solent Pastoral Area.


Please welcome Fr Paul Rowan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, who is a teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team of Beaulieu Convent School, Jersey.


Fr Liam Cummins, a Mill Hill Missionary, will become the Parish Priest of St. Edmund Campion, Maidenhead. Fr. Liam will arrive on 1st October. I am delighted that the Mill Hill Missionaries, who have their base in Maidenhead, will be responsible for a local parish and they  will surely bring their charism and energy for the new evangelisation, in succession to Fr. Pepe Claveria.


We welcome Fr Luca Speziale and Fr Raffaele Cossa to St. John Bosco, Woodley. They will be 'parochial administrators' under Canon Michael Dennehy, Vicar General, as parish priest. These two priests belong to ‘Communion and Liberation’ (Fraternity of St. Charles) to   which Fr. Pepe Claveria belongs and who leaves soon for a new appointment at Sacred Heart, Milan. We are full of gratitude to Fr. Bonaventure for all his work in Woodley and we wish him God’s blessings as he returns to Bamenda.


Deacon Stephen Morgan to assist Fr James Bradley in the parish of the Holy Family, Millbrook (in addition to his role as Diocesan Financial Secretary.)


Deacon James Snyder to assist Fr Sean Tobin in the parish of The Holy Trinity and Our Lady, Fleet and Church Crookham.


Other appointments:


Canon Dominic Golding VG to be also Coordinating Pastor of Portsmouth Pastoral Area


Fr PJ Smith to be also Coordinating Pastor for the Solent Pastoral Area.


Fr. John Lavers (temporarily) to English Martyrs, Reading, as Assistant Priest and Hospital Chaplain


Fr. Innaiah Maddineni to be Diocesan Co-ordinator of Missio (in addition to his current parish responsibilities).


Deacon Paul Wilson has kindly agreed to take over the leadership of our Diocesan Marginalised and Inactive Catholics Team.


Fr. Vittorio Scomparin, Chaplain to the Neo-Catechumenal Way will move to St. Swithun’s Southsea as priest in residence.


We welcome to Sacred Heart Bournemouth Fr. Dominic Jacobs (CongOrat) and Fr. Peter Edwards (Southwark), together with postulant members Wojtek Rudnicki and Kari Hinktikka, as the Oratory in Formation, assuring them of our prayers.






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