Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 20th February 2018 - Issue 172 (2018/8)


Dear brothers and sisters,


As we embark now on the first full week of our Lenten journey with Christ to Jerusalem, please find below lots of news and details of the many exciting things happening in the Diocese at the moment. I wish you every blessing in your Lenten renewal through your works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.


Please pray for me, as I do for you. May God bless you all. 




Mass VI ('Kyrie Rex Genitor') 

This week in our tour of the eighteen Mass settings of the Kyriale, we come to the Kyrie of Mass VI Kyrie Rex Genitor ('Lord, King and Father'). Originating in tenth century, it is a particularly beautiful setting of the Kyrie, full of longing and desire for God’s mercy, although unfortunately it’s not one I have often heard myself. It is set in joyful Mode VII, a mode I always think that points to heaven and the Resurrection. See what you think by clicking on the picture.


Incidentally, I had an email last week from Christopher Francis of the Association for Latin Liturgy to mention that they publish several useful and inexpensive Sung Mass leaflets, printed by the nuns of St. Cecilia’s Ryde. All their publications are for the Ordinary Form of Mass: see http://latin-liturgy.org/publications for further information.



"The King's authority": reflections on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Bonds loosed": Scott Hahn reflects on 2nd Sunday of Lent

Each week founder of the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology, the theologian and best-selling author, Dr Scott Hahn, offers a wonderful reflection on the readings for the coming Sunday.   

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this Sunday’s First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test.

The Church has always read this story as a sign of God’s love for the world in giving His only begotten son.

In Sunday’s Second Reading, Paul uses exact words drawn from this story to describe how God, like Abraham, did not withhold His only Son, but handed Him over for us on the Cross

In the Gospel today, too, we hear another echo. Jesus is called God’s “beloved Son”—as Isaac is described as Abraham’s beloved firstborn son.

These readings are given to us in Lent to reveal Christ’s identity and to strengthen us in the face of our afflictions. 

Read his complete reflection for this coming Sunday - and sign up to receive the reflections each week by e-mail here.  



Reflections by Jennifer Geach - First Sunday of Lent

The Gospel of Mark, which we are currently hearing on Sundays, gives the shortest account of the confrontation between Satan and Jesus. Matthew and Luke both give much longer, and very similar accounts. For the first time it struck me this year: how did they know? There can only have been one source of information, Jesus himself. So he confided in his Apostles at a very deep level: it is a mark of very close and loving friendship to confide one’s inmost temptations and greatest fears. Jesus told his Apostles these things because he desired us to know that he is a man like us, tried and tested as we are, but without sin.


You can read the full reflection here.



EWTN reflections from Walsingham

I should like to draw your attention to this new EWTN GB series of Lenten Reflections from the Basilica of Our Lady, Walsingham - the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady.


Episode One: "Lent is a Pilgrimage" by Mgr John Armitage 

Episode Two: "Transubstantiation" by Fr Luke Goymour 

Episode Three: "The Cleansing" by Fr Henry Whisenant

Episode Four: "A Call to Renewal" by Fr Robin Farrow 

Episode Five: "The Desert of Suffering" by Fr Lawrence Lew 

Episode Six: "Palm Sunday" by Fr Matthew Pittam 


You can watch the series here.





Lent Fast Day is this Friday

Family Fast Day for Lent 2018 takes place on Friday 23rd February. I encourage you to support this appeal both financially, if you are able, but also through prayer.


This Lent CAFOD are working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe. Hunger can kill children, but CAFOD is providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.


This Lent your donations to our Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million, making double the difference, but your fundraising can only be doubled during the appeal period so please donate between 13th February and 12th May 2018.




Please pray for the Elect! 

Last Saturday I celebrated the Rite of Election here at the Cathedral, welcoming 36 catechumens seeking baptism and 62 candidates for Reception into the Church. Thanks to Sister Hyacinthe and her team for all the organisation on the day and to all clergy, catechists and sponsors helping our catechumens and candidates prepare for receiving the sacraments of Initiation at Easter.


Please pray for them all.


You can view some photos and read my homily here.





Adoremus - Liverpool 7th-9th September 2018 

The Bishops of England and Wales have called a Eucharistic Congress, Adoremus (which means ‘let us adore’), to take place from 7th – 9th September 2018 in Liverpool to which they expect some 10,000 Catholics to attend.


Adoremus will consist of:


♦ A one-day Theological Symposium on Friday 7th September.  Admission will be by ticket only at a cost of £40.  Canon Mervyn Tower, Canon David Oakley, and Sr Margaret Atkins will all give Key note speeches.


♦ A stage led conference on Saturday 8th September, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool for which admission will also be by ticket only at a cost of £40.   The Key note speaker will be Bishop Robert Barron an American prelate of the Catholic Church, author, theologian and evangelist, known for his Word on Fire ministry.


♦ A Eucharistic Procession in the city of Liverpool on Sunday 9th September.


Our Diocese has a limited ticket allocation.  It is essential that you book your tickets NOW by emailing congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or phoning 07780 221686.


The deadline for ticket applications is Wednesday 14th March!



Visit to Kumbo

Before he became the Archbishop of Bamenda, Archbishop Cornelius was the Bishop of Kumbo where he worked tirelessly building up the Church in that place and not least renovating the beautiful cathedral in Kumbo. Whilst staying with the Archbishop in Bamenda, I wanted to see Kumbo in part for these reasons but also in order to visit the Stella Matutina sisters who have a community there. It was quite a journey – you can get a sense of it from the brief video (click the image left to watch it) taken from the Archbishop’s jeep! Whilst in Kumbo we also met the Piarist Fathers and we went to a major regional hospital run by the Franciscan sisters, with a recently opened cardiac unit. There were a couple of priests in hospital whom we went to see and pray with. We also went over to the very first church built in that region and to the Minor Seminary, which is full of students.  It was a long day, punctuated by a nice lunch in the Bishop’s Residence, but a beautiful journey through the highlands and along the famous Ring Road.


Meanwhile, please pray for the mission of the Church in Cameroon at this time, and also for our own Bamenda priests serving here in our Diocese, as well as the mission of the Church here in our very different – and difficult - cultural context.




Three year plan of Renewal, Rededication and Mission in Bournemouth 

Fr Peter Edwards and Fr Dominic Jacob write...


The start of a New Year gives us all an opportunity for a new start and, after these past seven months since our arrival on 31st May, it is time to move forward with an initial three year programme (followed by strategic development plans for future five year periods) so that we have direction, purpose and structure for the future of the Oratory, the Parish, and our mission here.


2018 will be our Parish Year of Renewal, 2019 a Year of Rededication, and 2020 a Year of Mission.


Read more




Together in the Faith - examining Alpha in a Catholic Context

Fr Tom Grufferty recently had this article published in The Tablet. In it, he looks at Alpha in a Catholic Context. The Alpha Course aims to help those who take part to an understanding of what it means to be a Christian. He found his congregation wanted to take part and were happy afterwards that they did.


You can read the article here.





Training Days for First Holy Communion Catechists

The Formation for Mission team is offering 2 training days for anyone interested in the new First Holy Communion programme, ‘I want to make my Home in you’ which I commend to you and recently now published by Redemptorist Publications.


This programme integrates evangelisation and catechesis through the use of Scripture and beautiful silhouettes.


Come and join us to discover the programme and receive training:


Saturday 17th March, in Holy Family Church, Redbridge Hill, Southampton SO16 4PL, from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm for a morning session.


Saturday 12th May, in St Bede’s Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX, from 9.30 am (beginning with Mass) to 3.00 pm.


The material for the programme will be available for purchase at both these days.


E-mail Sr Hyacinthe: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk if you would like to attend either of these days.




Preparing for Adoremus Congress on Sundays in Lent at Quarr Abbey

The Community at Quarr Abbey invite you to join them for a series of talks on the Sundays of Lent on the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist from 3.30 to 4.30 pm in the Abbey Church, in preparation for ADOREMUS, the National Eucharistic Congress to be held from 7th-9th September in Liverpool.


Each week there will be a different talk at 3.30pm followed by the Office of None (Afternoon Prayer) at 4.15pm.


Sunday 25th February

What do we do at Mass?

Br. Duncan Smith

Sunday 4th March

Communion of Flesh and Spirit:

St Irenaeus on the Eucharist

Dom Gregory Corcoran

Sunday 11th March

Eastern Churches' Understanding

of Eucharist

Dom Nicholas Spencer

Sunday 18th March

Real Presence and Adoration

Dom Luke Bell

Sunday 25th March

Mary, Holy Eucharist, and the Church

Dom Brian-Gerard Kelly



Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life & Peace in the British Isles 

Sunday 29th April 2018 at 3pm


Rosary on the Coast is an initiative of the Lay Faithful across the British Isles inviting the faithful of our nations, with the support of our clergy and Bishops, to a Day of Prayer for Faith, Life and Peace which will surely be pleasing to the Holy Spirit, and to Our Blessed Mother. The Rectors of our two National Marian Shrines (Walsingham & Our Lady of the Taper) in England and Wales have given Rosary on the Coast their full backing and encouragement. 


You can find lots of information on their Facebook page and website where you can also read the Briefing Document for the event.


The video with the "Rallying Call to Prayer" is powerful -  Listen in! 


What is important now is for everybody to save the date! 29th April 2018 at 3pm and to share the information as widely as possible via Facebook, the website, email, word of mouth etc … Encourage your friends to watch the Video and to share it.



Youth 2000 - Retreat

I am delighted to announce that Youth 2000 will be returning to the Diocese for a weekend retreat from 27 - 29 April at St Jude's School, Fareham. These retreats offer an incredible opportunity for our young people (ages 16 - 35) to encounter with the Lord in both the Eucharist and in Confession, and are led entirely by young people with invaluable support from clergy and religious.


The weekend will include 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, praise and worship, social time, talks from diocesan and national speakers and a smorgasbord of workshops to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith.


Places cost £65, although participants are encouraged to contribute according to their means. Put the dates in your diary, and booking will be available on Eventbrite very soon! 


Email youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk for more information.



Big Diocesan Day in Preparation for the Eucharistic Congress!

The Educational Chaplaincies team at my request have organised an inspiring day to help develop the mission of our Diocese in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This will take place on Saturday 5th May at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. I invite all adorers from throughout the Diocese together with those who have thought about adoring but have never done so to join me for the day.  I also invite those who would like to know more about the Blessed Sacrament to come too. This will be a day for all to come and Adore!


Amazing inspirational speakers including Fr Stephen Wang, Senior chaplain to London Universities in the Diocese of Westminster and author of many CTS publications, Pippa Baker who has worked in advertising is involved in leadership within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and lives in a community house striving to live a life of hospitality and prayer, and FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, a group of people from the states who are passionate about changing the world and helping others to live a life of purpose have been booked.


In addition to our speakers, there will be the opportunity to participate in workshops, adoration and end the day with Mass at St John’s Cathedral.  I think you will agree with me that this sounds like it is going to be an awesome day.


The planning is complete so now it’s your turn.  Please come and join me adore!


Book your ticket now by emailing congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or phoning 07780221686.


Click the image to download and display a poster for the event.



Divine Renovation and Parish Renewal 

Two wonderful opportunities are coming up in May for those wanting to begin or continue moving their parish from maintenance to mission:


Fr James Mallon, known to many in our diocese following the clergy convocation last summer, will be in central London on Wednesday May 9th. Join Fr James and other parishes on the Divine Renovation journey for a practical day that will include times of prayer and worship led by Youth 2000.


Explore what’s involved in the earliest stages and hear from parishes that have already begun. The day will involve a “hands on” approach that will equip you to go back to your parish and begin your own journey.


Sherry Weddell is then coming to our diocese of Portsmouth on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May, to speak and work with both clergy and parishioners on the key components for Parish Renewal.


Sherry will be sharing the fruit of her experience and research and giving examples of how parishes can develop plans that foster the emergence of an attitude that looks beyond the parish walls, where prayer is the foundation of parish life, and with parishioners that have an alive relationship with God.


In addition, members of various parishes around the diocese will be sharing their experience of developing parish plans, of revitalising their Sacramental programmes, working with parents and families, of prayer groups, and finding multiple ways of evangelising in their local area.


Click here for further information on these events.



Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Finishing your exams this summer? Why not travel to Lourdes with Bishop Philip?


I’m really excited that this June we will be welcoming twenty young students together with a group of FOCUS missionaries from the USA, who will engage in a week of missionary work and formation in our diocese, and especially with our young people.


I would like to invite all those who will finish their exams this summer to join me and this group of students and leaders from the USA for a week of prayer, formation and fun on pilgrimage to Lourdes.


Journeying from the diocese, you will learn the story of St Bernadette, how the Virgin Mary appeared to her, and how since then, many hundreds of thousands have knelt at the Grotto in prayer. In addition, you can expect a retreat style experience, with the opportunity for the Sacraments, as well as time to explore the sights around town and relax while making new friends.


The pilgrimage will run from 12th - 16th July and costs £550 (full board) with flights from Southampton.


You can download a flier here or for more information and / or to book a place contact Father PJ or Tom at youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or by telephoning 01329 318869.  



Carlo Acutis – Friend in Heaven

What are the Called and Gifted charisms? 

The Called and Gifted process continues to run in various parishes around the diocese, and two parishes have had it for a second time. 


Here are the last of the charism stories and testimonies and videos that we have been sharing over the last few weeks.   If you are interested in taking part in the process but it isn’t coming to a parish near you, you can still get involved.  Please contact Clare at csimpson@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk to discuss further.


Music Charism  - writing or performing music for the delight of others and the praise of God. 


Prophecy Charism - communicating the word or call of God to individuals or groups through inspired words or actions.


Pastoring Charism - building Christian community by nurturing the relationships and long-term spiritual growth of a group. 


Celibacy Charism - most fulfilled and spiritual fruitful by remaining unmarried and celibate for the sake of Christ. 


Magnificent new stained glass windows at English Martyrs Didcot

Last Friday, I visited English Martyrs church in Didcot almost exactly a year since we gathered for the solemn dedication of the church to bless magnificent new stained glass windows commemorating St. Edmund Campion, St. John Houghton and the Carthusian martyrs, and St. Thomas More in the Tower with his daughter Meg. I thank enormously Fr. Phillip and his parishioners for their generosity in installing these images, which for many generations to come will raise the hearts and minds of those visiting this church, especially the young, to God, to the truths of the Catholic faith, and to the witness of our predecessors.


You can read my homily here.




"What does it mean for you to be an altar server?" 

Fr Raffaele Cossa and Fr Luca Speziale from St John Bosco in Woodley invited the parish altar servers to renew their commitment on Saturday 10th of February. They spent a day together, beginning with a question for the altar servers: "what does it mean for you to be an altar server?" They all shared their experiences together, around a table. One said: "I am an altar server because of the gratitude for what I received from the church and my family".


After this John, a seminarian of our diocese, spoke about his life and his vocation, about what it means for him to serve God avery day.


During the celebration of the Mass, the altar servers renewed their promises. After Mass they had dinner together and some games.


Here is an impressive photo from the gathering. 



Preparing for the Annual HCPT Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes

On Saturday 3rd February there was a rehearsal, led by HCPT Pilgrimage Director Andy Clare, at Salesian College Farnborough. The liturgies this Easter are being led by the American Special Children’s Pilgrimage Group, but as they can bring only a limited number of singers from the USA, support is being provided by students from the UK. Salesian College, Alton School and Coloma Catholic Girls School all bring Service Groups to Lourdes, ready to serve where needed, supporting helpers and children in the ‘family’ groups and assisting with the organisation of pilgrimage events.


Photo credit: David Pepworth from HCPT Head Office




Canon Terence Healy (1937-2018) R.I.P. 

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Canon Terence "Tim" Healy, who died on Friday 2nd February 2018. May he rest in peace.


You can read an Obituary here provided by Hilary Poling (Tim’s sister). Please remember Hilary and Fr Tim’s family in your prayers at this time.


Thanks be to God for this devoted servant of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to whose infinite mercy we commend.


The funeral arrangements are as follows, at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth:


Reception at 4.30pm on Thursday 1st March.

Requiem Mass on Friday 2nd March at 12:15 followed by refreshments. 


The committal will be at St Patrick’s Church Cemetery (PO11 OQU) at 3:30pm. 



Essential Training for Catechists

Focus on...Formation for Mission

Sr Hyacinthe, OP - Formation for Mission Team Leader


Sr Hyacinthe (pronounced ‘Yasant’) has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph in the New Forest for the last 18 years. She joined the sisters as a 22 year old, after completing a MA in History in Krakow, writing on the episcopal work of Bishop Karol Wojtyla who was to become St John Paul II.  She is French, and has recently become a British citizen, and so has now two nationalities which she both treasures: one substantial, the other accidental! She is passionate about transmitting the Faith to others, and especially about the work of catechesis. She leads the Formation for Mission team, which belongs to the Vicariate for Evangelisation. She loves working with her sisters and the amazing lay people who make up the team, at the services of the parishes of the diocese.


You can join her weekly webinar on the Gospel here.


She also loves going on walking pilgrimages, and runs the St John Paul II pilgrimage to Walsingham every year, walking 50 miles to pray for the evangelisation of England and Wales.



Bishop Philip's Engagements

Tuesday 20th February

Council of Priests, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth;

Lecture at St Mary’s University Twickenham


Thursday 22nd February

Diocesan Trustees Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth   


Monday 26th February

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Tuesday 27th February

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth;

Visit to Allen Hall Seminary, Chelsea


Thursday 1st March

Bishop’s Council Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Friday 2nd March

Schools & Academies Department Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth;

Funeral Mass for Canon Terence Healy, St John’s Cathedral Portsmouth, 12.15pm;

Joint Catholic-Anglican Meeting, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Saturday 3rd March

Diocesan Justice & Peace Conference, St Bede’s Basingstoke


Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th March

Parish Visitation, Bracknell



Diocesan Prayer Intentions

Each day of the year the liturgical calendar gives us a variety of seasons and celebrations of saints. These are outlined in the Diocesan Ordo along with a daily prayer for a diocesan intention. I would like to encourage you to add these intentions to your daily prayers.   

Tuesday 20th February

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Social Workers’ Guild


Wednesday 21st February

Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent Mass

[The Memorial of St Peter Damian may be commemorated]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Archivists


Thursday 22nd February


Diocesan Prayer: The Holy Father


Friday 23rd February

Friday of the 1st Week of Lent [Lenten Fast Day]

[The Memorial of St Polycarp may be commemorated]

National Prayer Cycle: The needy & hungry of the world

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Bernadette, Les Quennevais, Jersey (dedicated 22.2.1986)


Saturday 24th February

Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

[The Memorial of St Gregory of Narek may be commemorated]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Girlguiding UK members in the Diocese


Sunday 25th February


Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Scout Association members in the Diocese


Monday 26th February

of the 2nd Week of Lent Mass

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan ‘Spirituality Development’ Group


Tuesday 27th February

of the 2nd Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: All Parish/Community Pastoral Councils


Wednesday 28th February

of the 2nd Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Oswald, Burghfield Common


Thursday 1st March

ST DAVID, Religious, Bishop, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St David, East Cowes


Friday 2nd March

of the 2nd Week of Lent

National Prayer Cycle: Women’s World Day of Prayer

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Women’s Network


Saturday 3rd March

of the 2nd Week of Lent

[Alderney: The Memorial of St Vignal may be commemorated]

Diocesan Prayer: National Board of Catholic Women


Forthcoming Events   

Friday 23rd February (for 5 weeks)
Essential Training for Catechists
St John Vianney Church Hall, Wantage
Read more

23rd - 25th February

Teresa of Jesus Weekend Preached Retreat,
Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford

Read more


Saturday 24th February

Alton Day of Renewal,
Alton Convent

Read more


Saturday 24th February

Cor et Lumen Christi Community

Prophetic Ministry Workshop

The City of London School for Girls

Read more


Sundays in Lent

The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist

(Series of talks preparing for Adoremus Eucharistic Congress)

Quarr Abbey

Read more


Saturday 3rd March 

Christian Choices in our Common Home,
Social Justice, Assembly for Lent 2018,
St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more 


10th - 11th March 

Lenten Lamentations, Polish Lenten Devotions,
Polish Catholic Church, Reading

Read more 


Saturday 21st April

Holy Land Pilgrimage information session

Immaculate Conception & St Joseph Church, Christchurch

Read more 


Wednesday 4th July
Feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Celebration event at St Patrick's Soho
Read more


29th-30th September

Southampton Celebrate

St George Catholic College Southampton

Read more



Job Opportunities

Parish Secretary (Newport, IoW)

St Saviour, Totland Bay & St Thomas of Canterbury, Newport Parish wishes to appoint a Parish Secretary to work in the Parish Office for 20 hours per week (Days and hours by negotiation).


Closing date: Friday 23rd February (12 noon) 

Interviews: week commencing 26th February 


For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 01983 522027



Parish Secretary (St Margaret Mary, Park Gate)

Part time - 16 hours per week (days and hours by negotiation)


The role will be to facilitate the smooth running of the Parish Office and to provide secretarial support to Father Hart and the Parish.


Applicants should be diligent and reliable and able to work unsupervised to deliver a high standard of administrative and secretarial support. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher is essential and the ability to compute figures.


Closing date for applications: Tuesday 27th February (12 Noon)

Interviews: week commencing 5th March


Read more 



Please pray for...

The repose of the souls of all who have died recently and for all those killed through acts of warfare, violence, terrorism and natural disaster. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Canon Terence Healy, priest of our diocese, Fr Frank Thompson MHM, Fr Jimmy McCaffery, a Carmelite brother at Boars Hill, for Fr Edward Rogers SJ of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community, Boscombe, who died on 30th of December. He was 93. He was ordained in 1958 and worked most of his life, about fifty years or so, in Zimbabwe and had been living in our Diocese for the last six years and for Denis Bennett (Fr Roy Bennett’s brother who died recently) and for all departed clergy and people of the diocese and for all the Faithful Departed. Requiescant in pace.


Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda, for an end to the troubles there.

The Unity of all Christians in doctrine, life and worship.

The Canonisation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth.

Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life, for all our students currently in formation for ordination.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and the Holy Spirit's guidance on the formation of the new Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Those entering the "Called and Gifted" process and for the work of the Called & Gifted Team.

The work of our Marriage and Family Life Team.

All the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are in need of our prayers.

Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly and for an equitable share of the world's resources. 

All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster, for all refugees and victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, Caritas Jersey, CAFOD and those with whom they work.


All the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples.  



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With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
In Corde Iesu


Bishop of Portsmouth


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