Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 - Issue 184 (2018/19)


Dear Friends,


Our prayers this week are with the newly married royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Windsor is in our Diocese so we have a special reason to support them with our prayers. In other news this week, we have just celebrated for the first time the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. May Mary our Mother, during this month of May, obtain for us all many graces and blessings from the Lord.


I hope you enjoy the e-News this week. This edition will have to last for two weeks, as Deacon Craig is taking some well earned rest next week! May God bless him.  



Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We send our congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their marriage at St George's Chapel Windsor last Saturday. 


Please pray for them:


Be attentive to our prayers, O Lord,

and in your kindness uphold what you have

established for the increase of the human race,

so that the union you have created

may be kept safe by your assistance. 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.  



New Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church celebrated for the first time

Earlier this year Pope Francis decreed that the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar.  The liturgical celebration, Beata Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, is to be celebrated annually, as a Memorial on the Monday after Pentecost. This Monday I celebrated this new Memorial for the first time at the 12.15pm Mass in the Cathedral. You can read my Homily here.


Here's the Collect from the Mass:


O God, Father of mercies, whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross, chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother, to be our Mother also; grant, we pray, that with her loving help, your Church may be more fruitful day by day, and exulting in the holiness of her children, may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Mass XVIII (ad Missam pro defunctis)

We come this week to the last Mass setting in the Kyriale, Mass XVII, which is appointed for use in feriis Adventus et Quadragesimae, ‘on weekdays of Advent and Lent.’ This setting has two versions of the Kyrie, Version A called Deus genitor alme, (‘God, dear Creator’) and this one here, Version B appointed for use ad Missam pro defunctis (‘at a Mass for the Dead’). The Sanctus and the Agnus Dei of Mass XVIII are now very well-known and often used at Mass across the Diocese as well as here at the Cathedral. These are the settings given in the Roman Missal for use at any Mass, and in the Missal they are also given in an English version too. However, the Requiem version of this Kyrie is less well known, although I have occasionally heard it used at funerals in recent years. It is not difficult to learn and has a very plaintive character that seems so appropriate to the mournful character of the occasion. When it is sung, you also feel joined in prayer for the countless souls down the ages for whom Mass has been offered.  The last invocation, as ever, is more elaborate and in a sense strikes a note of joy yet within the same character as the rest of the setting. The recording here is from the great Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes, from which the community at Quarr Abbey IoW comes. There is something appropriate about ending our study of the Kyriale in Solesmes since that Abbey more than anywhere else has contributed so much to the liturgical renewal of the last century leading up to and from the Second Vatican Council. Click on the image to listen to a recording.



"Family of Love": Scott Hahn Reflects on the Most Holy Trinity

Last Sunday, we celebrated the sending of the Spirit, which sealed God’s new covenant and made a new creation. In this new creation, we live in the family of God, who has revealed himself as a Trinity of love. We share in His divine nature through His Body and Blood. This is the meaning of the three feasts that cap the Easter season—Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi. These feasts should be intimate reminders of how deeply God loves us, how He chose us, from before the foundation of the world, to be His children. The readings for Trinity Sunday illuminate how all God’s words and works were meant to prepare for the revelation of the Trinity and God’s blessing in Jesus Christ—the blessing we inherited in Baptism, and renew in each Eucharist. As God’s heirs, we receive the commissions of Moses and Jesus today. We are to fix our hearts on Him, and to observe all that He has commanded. The Eucharist is His pledge—that He will be with us until the end, that He will deliver us from death to live forever in the promised land of His kingdom.


Read Scott Hahn's complete reflection for this coming Sunday here.   



Join us for the Wednesday Webinar this Wednesday 7 - 8pm

The Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: The Most Holy Trinity 

Year B - Matthew 28:16-20


Through the gifts of the Son and the Holy Spirit, received at Pentecost, we are now able to enter into the heart of God, and find our unique place in the arms of the Father. As a friend reveals his deepest secrets to his friends, God has chosen to tell us who he is, an identity we could never have guessed or invented - One God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Join us for this webinar to reflect on the God who reveals Himself as One and Three, and deepen your understanding of this great and central mystery of our Faith.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith: What do we mean by ‘Trinity’?  

Hope: What difference does this make to our daily walk with God?   
Love: How does this change our understanding of life and love?   


Sign up for the webinar here or catch up via the recording if you are unable to join us. 



New Pre-Discipleship Team

Last weekend, we welcomed Sherry Weddell back to the diocese to run some workshops for us on discipleship. A good number of clergy and about 120 laypeople attended these workshops in Basingstoke. Our thanks to Sherry for running these great sessions for us.


At this event, I announced a new Framework team within the Department for Vocation, called “Pre-Discipleship.” Its work will be based on Sherry Weddell’s analysis of the five threshold stages through which people journey to discipleship. Weddell argues that much catechesis is wasted because people are not effectively evangelised. The Team will be led by Clare Simpson. Its purpose is to support parishes and schools and to help people welcome the kerygma within a transformative encounter with Christ. We’re thinking here especially of those attracted to Alpha and RCIA, and parents bringing children for Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  


Changes to the leadership of the Called and Gifted Team

With Clare Simpson's new role heading up the new Pre-Discipleship Team, I have appointed Gerry Penfold as the new Team Leader of the Called and Gifted Team. You can read more about Gerry in this week's Focus on... item elsewhere in this issue.


He will be assisted by Anne-Marie Fletcher as Deputy Leader. Anne-Marie is a parishioner of Our Lady Immaculate, Westbourne and will feature as a future Focus on... personality next time.


Called and Gifted has been run in over 70 of our 91 parishes now, and in several Pastoral Areas. Over the next years, we hope it can be run in the remaining parishes and in many a second time. Gerry and Anne-Marie both look forward to taking Called and Gifted to new parishes and returning to those who would like to run the process again. 


Please feel free to email them: calledandgifted@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Join me at the National Eucharistic Congress on 8th September

I am inviting all members of our Diocesan Community to join me in Liverpool at the Congress and especially on Saturday 8th September.  A day trip to the Congress has been organised using a number of options including pilgrims own transport, coach, and plane the cost therefore reflects the option chosen (£40-£110). It may be possible for your pilgrimage to be sponsored by your Parish or through the Living Our Faith Fund. 


Join me in Liverpool so that together we can be a public witness that the Church is indeed strong, alive and growing.  Together, share with me and other members of our Diocese in this unique opportunity to worship Christ, crucified and risen and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  I hope that we will return from Liverpool renewed and refreshed so that we will all be able to go about the work of bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church, with vigour.


Book a place on this pilgrimage, or find out more by contacting your Parish Priest or my congress rep Fr PJ Smith at congress@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or by phoning 07780221686.  All bookings must be complete by 29th May 2018. 


Please download a brochure here.


You can look back at our own Diocesan Eucharistic Congress held earlier this month via the new blog which you can see here.



Archbishop of Liverpool's statement on the 50% cap on school places 

The government announced recently that it will not lift the Catholic school admissions cap for new free schools - that they cannot select more than 50 per cent of their intake from Catholics. This in effect prevents any new Catholic free schools from opening as it would require them to break canon law. However, the government will allow new “voluntary-aided” Catholic schools, under the authority of local government, to be opened.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon who is Chair of the Department for Education & Formation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has recently issued a statement regarding the Government u-turn on lifting the 50% cap on admissions to Catholic schools.
You can read the statement here.





I invite you to celebrate your wedding anniversary with me next month...

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or any anniversary over 60 years this year?


If so I would like to invite you to join me at a special celebration Mass. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 30th June 2018.


It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please visit the anniversaries website for more information and to register.


O God, Creator of all things, who in the beginning made man and woman that they might form the marriage bond,  bless and strengthen the union of your servants, that they may show forth an ever more perfect image of the union of Christ with his Church.

Through our Lord Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  



Join me for our first Diocesan Health & Safety Conference and Mass

Clergy and Parish Safety Representatives are invited to join us for our first Diocesan H&S Conference, Celebratory Mass and Lunch. The morning includes an address from Bishop Philip, speakers from the Catholic Insurance Services Ltd (Who provide our Insurance and risk management services) and from Ellis Whittam on how to handle incidents and emergency events. Our parishes have worked very hard to implement this new health and safety program and to recognise this effort I will celebrate Mass following the morning’s talks. In addition, as a thank you a hot lunch will also be provided prior to closure of the celebration. The event will be held at: St Mary’s Church, 59 Normandy Street, Alton Hampshire, GU34 1DN from 9.45am - 2.30pm - click here for the programme.


Can you please confirm that you and your parish safety representatives and administrators can come and if there are any special dietary requirements (for example, Celiac, Gluten Free)? All replies must be received by Friday 6th July, 2018. Please send your replies to Pauline



Educating Young People in the Light of Amoris Laetitia

Edmund Adamus, from our Catholic Academies and Schools Office is a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, the second international seminar of the network of experts studying the educational programs in the emotional-sexual field.


The Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life is competent in matters that pertain to the Apostolic See regarding the promotion of life, the apostolate of the lay faithful, the pastoral care of the family and its mission according to God’s plan and for the safeguard and support of human life.


Click on the image to watch a video of Edmund talking about his involvement with the work of the new Dicastery.





St John's Seminary Wonersh need your help

St John's Seminary which has been involved in the formation of priests for England and Wales for over 125 years is in need of help to refurbish and redecorate 30 of its bedrooms which have little or no upgrading in over 40 years.


The Seminary operates on a very tight budget and has no available funds to finance this much needed work which will cost about £2000 per room.


If you can help in any way, please send a cheque made payable to St John's Seminary to: Mgr Gerry Ewing (Vice-Rector), St John's Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0QX.


Please pray for the staff and seminarians at Wonersh and other seminaries where we have men in formation for the Sacred Priesthood and for an increase in vocations for our diocese:


God our Father, You give us the Sacraments as signs and instruments of your love and mercy. Draw from amongst your disciples in the Diocese of Portsmouth men who are willing to generously serve your Church as priests, to minister to your people and to proclaim the Gospel to all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Immaculate and St Edmund of Abingdon, patrons of our diocese - pray for us.

St John Vianney, patron of priests - pray for us.


Triple Celebration on the Feast of Pentecost in Leigh Park...

The Feast of Pentecost was marked at St Michael and All Angels, Leigh Park by a triple celebration. Genevieve O’Doherty (left) was Confirmed in her faith, Alex Thomas (second from left) was received into the Church and Nick O’Neill (second from right) was instituted as Lector as he prepares for Permanent Diaconate. Chris Bates, the Chair of the Parish Evangelisation Strategy Team joined Fr Gerard Flynn in congratulating the group after Mass. Fr Gerard holds another artwork by Ian Etheridge of Freshwater. It is an icon of the Holy Spirit which complements other works he has created for the church in Leigh Park.


You can see a larger image of the new Holy Spirit icon here.




Golden Jubilee of Profession celebrated at Southampton Convent

Sister Dorothy Gracias, of ‘Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd’ (Redcote Convent, Bitterne, Southampton), gave thanks for the Golden Jubilee of the celebration of her First profession of Vows (1968-2018).


She was joined at Mass by relatives and friends as well as the Redcote Community and Staff. (Sister is seated second row left, alongside the floral display). Click on the image for the full group photo.



Portsmouth Priest to be Army Deputy Chaplain General

I am delighted to be able to inform you that I have recently been advised that Her Majesty the Queen has endorsed the decision of the Military Secretary to promote a priest of our Diocese, Fr Michael Fava QHC to the the position of Army Deputy Chaplain General. It is expected that he will take up this new post towards the end of this year. Fr Michael is currently Administrator of the Bishopric of the Forces and was honoured by Her Majesty last summer when she appointed him as an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty (QHC).


This appointment is a great honour for the diocese and unusual for a Catholic Priest to be honoured as a QHC. We send Fr Michael our warmest congratulations.


Please pray for our nation and all who serve in HM Armed Forces:


O God, who arranged all things according to a wonderful design, graciously receive the prayers we pour out to you for our country, that, through the wisdom of its leaders and the integrity of its citizens, harmony and justice may be assured and lasting prosperity come with peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.



Focus on...Gerry Penfold

Gerry Penfold has been Lead interviewer with the Called and Gifted Team and is about to become the new Team Leader from 1st June.

Gerry is a parishioner of St Michael's, Tadley, near Basingstoke. He is married to Pauline and they have three sons and three grandchildren. Gerry has been part of the Called and Gifted team since it started in our Diocese and has been responsible for supporting the team that carries out the "one-to-one conversations" - the second stage of the Called and Gifted process. In the parish, he is a reader, a leader of one of the parish evangelisation cell groups, a member of the Covenant to the People team and a member of the finance committee. He is also part of a group that is piloting the latest Alpha course material with a view to running Alpha in the community this Autumn. In the Diocese, Gerry is also Chairman of the Caritas Management Board, working with Kevin Gallagher, Fr Mark Hogan and the other board members to develop and support Caritas projects in parishes. He has been closely involved in one particular project, the Caritas/Schools "Dragons' Den" competition for three years. Before retiring, Gerry was a partner at KPMG in London. He is a keen golfer and enjoys cycling, walking, swimming and travelling.



Bishop Philip's Engagements 

Tuesday 22nd May 

Council of Priests Meeting, Bishop’s House

Vicars General Meeting, Bishop’s House

Meeting with “Focus” Missionaries


Wednesday 23rd May 

Clergy Safeguarding Day, Marwell


Friday 25th May 

Trustee Training Meeting, Bishop’s House


Saturday 26th May 

11am – Confirmation Mass, Bournemouth Pastoral Area, St John's Cathedral


Sunday 27th to Monday 28th May 

Mass at the Venerable English College, Rome

Meetings with seminarians, Venerable English College, Rome

Meetings with seminarians, Beda College, Rome


Thursday 31st May 

Consecration of St Francis de Sales, Wash Common


Saturday 2nd June 

7:30pm - Confirmation Mass, Guernsey


Tuesday 5th June 

Retired Priests Meeting and Lunch, Winchester


Wednesday 6th June 

Parkhurst and Albany Prison visitation, Isle of Wight


Thursday 7th – Friday 8th June

Bishop’s Council overnight, Isle of Wight

12:30pm Profession Mass, St Cecilia’s Abbey, Isle of Wight


Saturday 9th June 

11am Confirmation Mass: Havant and Isle of Wight Pastoral Area, St John’s Cathedral



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.         

Sunday 20th May


Paschaltide ends today.

National Prayer Cycle: The Church

Diocesan Prayer: Those being confirmed this year, their sponsors, families and catechists


Monday 21st May - ORDINARY TIME RESUMES (Week 7)

Mary, Mother of the Church, Memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Saviour, Totland Bay (consecrated 20.5.1954)


Tuesday 22nd May

St Rita of Cascia, Religious, optional memorial

or: Feria [7th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Mary, Ryde (consecrated 21.5.1863)


Wednesday 23rd May

Feria [7th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Oratorians in the Diocese

Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Vertue, 1st Bishop of Portsmouth (RIP 1900)


Thursday 24th May

Feria [7th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Farnborough


Friday 25th May

St Bede the Venerable, Religious, Doctor of the Church

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton (consecrated 25.5.1955) 


Saturday 26th May

St Philip Neri, Priest, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Maidenhead (consecrated 26.5.1914)


Sunday 27th May
Diocesan Prayer: In thanksgiving for the Christian heritage of this country


Monday 28th May

Feria [8th Week in Ordinary Time]
Christchurch & Havant: Blessed Margaret Pole, Martyr, memorial [Diocesan Supplement]
Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Peace & Blessed Margaret Pole, Southbourne (consecrated 27.5.1964)


Tuesday 29th May
Feria [8th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Holy Ghost Fathers in the Diocese


Wednesday 30th May
Feria [8th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Teams of Our Lady


Thursday 31st May
Diocesan Prayer: Legion of Mary


Friday 1st June
St Justin, Martyr, memorial
Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Vocations Team for the Ordained Ministry;
Those being ordained to the Priesthood & Permanent Diaconate this year


Sunday 2nd June
Ss Marcellinus & Peter, Martyrs, optional memorial
or: Our Lady on Saturday
or: Feria [8th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Hampshire Downs Pastoral Area


Sunday 3rd June
CORPUS CHRISTI [The Body and Blood of Christ], solemnity [transferred]
Diocesan Prayer: This year’s First Communicants, their families and catechists


Monday 4th June
Feria [9th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Corpus Christi, Wokingham


Tuesday 5th June
St Boniface, Religious, Bishop & Martyr, memorial
Diocesan Prayer: CFH The Caring Fellowship


Wednesday 6th June
St Norbert, Founder, Bishop, optional memorial
or: Feria [9th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: “Faith and Light”
Jubilee: Fr Thomas Foley (ordained 6.6.1948)


Thursday 7th June
Feria [9th Week in Ordinary Time]
Diocesan Prayer: Community of St William of York,Reading; Chapel of St Thomas More, Park Place, Wickham (consecrated 9.6.1970) & work of Park Place Pastoral Centre


Friday 8th June
Diocesan Prayer: Community of Sacred Heart, St Aubin, Jersey
Jubilee: Mgr Provost Nicholas France (ordained 8.6.1968)


Saturday 9th June
The Immaculate Heart of Mary, memorial
Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Colman, Cosham (consecrated 9.6.1953);

Community of St Columba, Bridgemary


Forthcoming Events  

Friday 25th May

Peace and Justice in the Holy Land - A Christian Perspective

Sacred Heart, Fareham

Read more


Saturday 26th May

In Praise of Him - an evening of Sacred Music

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth

Read more


Saturday 26th May

Walk for Life in Portsmouth POSTPONED

It is with regret that we have to announce that the sponsored walk due to take place on Saturday 26th May has been indefinitely postponed due to illness in the organiser's family. Rosalie hopes that the event might be able to be rescheduled later in the year.


Saturday 26th May

Healing Prayer Workshop

St Joan of Arc, Farnham

Read more


Monday 4th June

Modern Slavery and Restorative Time: regaining identity, renewal and hope

Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2HH

Read more


Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th June

Spiritual Theology Conference

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more


Saturday 16th June

Diocesan Day for Readers

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


Saturday 16th June

Divine Mercy for the Family Conference

Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church, Ealing Broadway

Read more


Sunday 24th June

St Edmund Campion Pilgrimage Mass

Lyford Grange, near Wantage

Read more


Saturday 30th June

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


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


Monday 30th July - Thursday 2nd August

Spiritual Theology Conference

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more


Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th August
St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Read more


Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th August

Philosophy for Faith:  A four-day introduction to Catholic philosophy 

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more


Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th August

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation 

School of the Annunciation

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Read more


29th-30th September

Southampton Celebrate

St George Catholic College Southampton

Read more


18th—22nd October 2018

Catholic School Leaders’ Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Read more



Job Opportunities  

Temporary Accounts Assistant - Winchester

Part-time position 2 days per week (14 hours)  

Salary £ 7,600


The Parish of St. Peter & the Winchester Martyrs has a vacancy for an experienced part-time temporary Accounts Assistant, located at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Pastoral Centre office in central Winchester. As part of a welcoming and friendly team you will play an important part in supporting the parish in its mission. This position involves working closely with the Parish Finance Manager, having the following primary areas of responsibility whilst helping with other duties of an administrative nature as required.


  • Entering and coding all financial transactions appropriately into the Parish accounting          system (Sage 50 Accounts) to trial balance stage
  • Processing receipts and updating outstanding amounts receivable
  • Validating supplier invoices against goods or services received
  • Processing payments to suppliers
  • Making bank deposits
  • Diocesan current account items, reconciliation, settlement and cash transfers
  • Checking all financial transactions for accuracy and completeness
  • Maintaining petty cash disbursements and month-end cash reconciliation
  • Preparing monthly bank reconciliations

Candidates must have sound practical experience of bookkeeping and accounting procedures together with good Excel and numeracy skills. Hands-on experience with Sage 50 Accounts software or similar is also essential. We welcome applications from conscientious, hard‐working and enthusiastic persons who can work well and reliably in a small, friendly team in a caring not-for-profit environment.


Closing Date: 4th June 2018    



Headteacher -St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth

Contract type: Full Time

Salary: £55,600 - £64,417 per annum (L15-L21)
Contract term: Permanent


Start Date: September 2018


The Governors of St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated Head Teacher to lead this happy and successful school. St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School is a one form entry Catholic primary school serving the parish of St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth. Our school has been assessed by Ofsted as “Outstanding” and we are determined to maintain that standard and improve upon it. Far from relaxing we see this as a starting point for development of new and innovative strategies that will lead to even higher standards. The school is part of the Diocesan Edith Stein Partnership and the Governors see this as an opportunity for the school to share best practice and work closely with our other local Catholic schools.


For further details visit our Vacancies page here.


Please pray for...

Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly; for the peoples of Syria and Gaza and for a resolution of the multi-levelled conflicts involved; for Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda, for an end to the troubles there.


Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life.

All our students currently in formation for ordination and those responsible for their formation in the various seminaries in which they are based and for those to be ordained for our diocese this year.

All who are to be baptised and confirmed this Eastertide.


The work of the New Evangelisation across the diocese that we may all play our part in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


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, for all departed clergy and people of the diocese and for all the Faithful Departed. Requiescant in pace.


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

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

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. That 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.   

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.

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.


That all we do in the diocese my bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 



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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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