Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Clergy appointments 2018



25th June 2018


Bishop Philip writes...


This year's new clergy appointments take effect on 8th September 2018, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I would like to express immense gratitude to the priests who are moving for all their hard work for the Lord in their current appointments, and to thank them for agreeing to take on the new assignments. I have found it deeply moving to receive the humble obedience and joyful willingness of these priests. Moving from one appointment and then settling into another is about the hardest thing we do as secular priests. It can also be challenging for our Deacons and for our parishioners. I pray earnestly that the Lord, Who I am convinced has been guiding this whole process, will grant us all the strengthening and refreshing grace we need.


Clergy Moves


• Fr Daniel Agber as Priest in Charge of St. Edmund’s Horndean and Assistant Priest under Mgr. Jeremy Garratt as Parish Priest;
• Fr Ross Bullock to Jersey as Assistant Priest;
• Fr John Chandler to Sacred Heart Bordon and St. Joseph Grayshott as Parish Priest;
• Fr John Chadwick to Immaculate Conception, Christchurch and Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe as Parish Priest;
• Fr Raffaele Cozza (as Priest in Charge) and Fr. Luca Speziale (as Local Superior) to St. Swithun Wells, Eastleigh

   under Fr. Mark Hogan as Parish Priest;
• Fr John Cooke to Sacred Heart Fareham and Portchester as Parish Priest. Fr. John will become the Coordinating Pastor of Solent PA;
• Canon Dominic Golding to Jersey as Parish Priest and Dean;
• Fr Zac Mabee to Reading Christ the King as Priest in Residence;
• Fr Innaiah Maddineni to Portsmouth St. Colman and St. Paul as Parish Priest;
• Fr Jude Mbono to Maidenhead St. Joseph as Assistant Priest;
• Fr Joseph McNerney to Southampton Hospital as Chaplain;
• Fr Elijah Fru Nde to Southampton St. Joseph and St. Edmund as Assistant Priest;
• Fr Gerry Onyejuluwa to St. Theresa’s Totton and Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Edward the Confessor Lyndhurst as Parish Priest;
• Fr Jaya Praveen to Southampton St. Joseph and St. Edmund as Assistant Priest and Priest-Chaplain to the University of Southampton;
• Fr Emmanuel Rinda to Basingstoke St. Joseph as Assistant Priest;
• Fr Francis Sasinowski to Our Lady’s Stubbington and St. John’s Lee on Solent as Parish Priest;
• Fr PJ Smith to St. John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth as Parish Priest and Dean;
• Fr Bill Wilson to St. John Bosco, Woodley as Parish Priest;
• Fr Keith Windsor OFM Cap to Isle of Wight as Catholic Chaplain to the Prisons.


I wish to express great gratitude to Mgr. John Nelson for his ministry as Parish Priest of St. Swithun Wells, Eastleigh, not least for his support of the community in Romsey and his expert administration of the various land and property issues across the parish. We pray for Mgr. John in his new and prestigious role as chaplain to 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment and Catholic Chaplain to the British Forces’ community in Cyprus.




We thank God for Mgr. Nicholas France, who has just celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination. He retires this autumn and will be living in Southampton. We give thanks for his dedicated ministry, the last nineteen years of which have been spent in Jersey. We thank God also for Fr. Michael Cronin who has now retired from being Chaplain to Southampton Hospital. Fr. Michael has won many hearts and minds by his generous care of the sick. We also give thanks for the ministry of Fr. Robin Sanders and Fr. Tony Day, both of whom after generous service in recent times have been suffering ill health and have now retired. 




We bid farewell to Fr. Thom Amungwa, who returns to Bamenda with our prayers and much gratitude for his service latterly in Bordon and Grayshott.




We welcome to the Diocese Fr. Emmanuel Rinda and Fr. Elijah Fru Nde from the Archdiocese of Bamenda. We also welcome to the Diocese Fr. Zachary Mabee, a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, currently completing his STL at the Gregorian University in Rome and commencing in the autumn a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Reading. We welcome Fr. Keith Windsor, a Capuchin friar, who will concentrate on prison ministry on the Isle of Wight. And we welcome to the Diocese Deacon Aidan Lynch (Diocese of Arundel and Brighton), whose family is moving into the Bracknell area. He will serve as Deacon in Bracknell St. Joseph and St. Margaret Clitherow under Fr. Danny McAvoy.



New Roles


• Fr. John Cooke to be Vocations Promoter for the Diocese

  We thank Fr. John Chandler for all his work as Vocations Promoter for the Diocese.

• Fr. Jaya Praveen to be the Priest Chaplain to the University of Southampton. 

  We thank Fr. James Bradley for his work in this important ministry.


We thank Deacon Roger Carr-Jones for his ministry in Sacred Heart, Bournemouth and for his work latterly as an organiser of our diocesan GDPR plan and its delivery. Please pray for him in his new role as Coordinator for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Westminster.


We thank Deacon Stephen Morgan for his past 14 1/2 years service as Diocesan Oeconomus. After a well-earned sabbatical, he will be taking up a new appointment outside the diocese as Dean of the Faculty of Religious Sciences at the University of St Joseph, Macau and as Academic Director of the Diocesan Seminary of the Diocese of Macau. 


Bishop’s Council


• Canon Paul Townsend to be Vicar-General in addition to continuing as Vicar for Clergy, responsible for Bishop’s Support of Clergy.

   I thank immensely Canon Dominic Golding for all his support and hard work as Vicar General.

• Mgr. Jeremy Garratt to be the new Episcopal Vicar for Vocation.
• Fr. PJ Smith to be the new Episcopal Vicar for Education in addition to his responsibilities as leader of the Department for Educational                Chaplaincies.

  I thank Fr. Jamie McGrath for his work as Episcopal Vicar for Education, which in recent times, has included all the complexities over the            academisation project. 


New Deacons
Please pray for Nicholas Le Cornu, ordained Deacon in Jersey last Thursday. I have appointed him to assist in the parish of Jersey under its Dean and Parish Priest.

Please pray also for our students for the priesthood, but especially for Ian Cornford, recently ordained Deacon at Allen Hall and for Mohanraj Edward recently  ordained Deacon at St Mary's College Oscott.






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