Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Wednesday 20th June 2018 - Issue 187 (2018/22)

Dear Friends,


Last week, we had the Chapter Mass and a great meal afterwards. Present among the canons were Bishop Peter Doyle, Mgr. Nick France and Canon Peter Turbitt, all of whom were celebrating their 50th anniversary of ordination. Let’s pray for them - Ad multos annos! Please pray too for all our priests and our parish communities at this time. I have just announced in an Ad Clerum to our clergy the various changes from September. (I’ll put a list into next week’s e-News). Moving is often a very tough things for us as priests – and it’s often a challenge too for our parishioners. So please pray too for all our parish communities. Meanwhile, our thanks once again to Deacon Craig for all his good work here.



Celebrating Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Everything is now in place for our Celebration for Blessed PierGiorgio Frassati. It’s on Wednesday 4th July (his feast day) in St. Patrick's Soho, just by Tottenham Court Road Underground station. You can see the flier for the Day here. The event begins at 1.30 pm with Eucharistic Adoration. There are a couple of talks, one from me on PierGiorgio’s love for the Eucharist and one from Bishop John Wilson on PierGiorgio’s love for the poor. There is then a Q & A session with Wanda Gawronksa, his niece, and Chris Wohar, head of Frassati USA. There’s a break for an early dinner around 5.30 pm The day finishes with Mass at 8.00 pm. Do come and join us for as much of the day as you can. Suggested admission: £5 to help cover event costs.


Here is a prayer to say: 


O God, Who gave to the young Pier Giorgio Frassati the joy of meeting Jesus Christ your Son in the Eucharist, and of living his faith in service of the poor and the sick, may we, too, through his intercession, walk the path of the Beatitudes and, following the example of his generosity, spread the Gospel in our society. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



"He Must Increase": Scott Hahn on the Nativity of St John the Baptist

The people in this week’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John. Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be. John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. From the womb he was set apart, formed to be God’s servant, as Isaiah declares in this week’s First Reading. The whole story of John’s birth is thick with Old Testament echoes, especially echoes of the story of Abraham. God appeared to Abraham promising that his wife would bear him a son; He announced the son’s name and the role Isaac would play in salvation history. The same thing happened to Zechariah and Elizabeth. Through His angel, God announced John’s birth to this righteous yet barren couple. He made them call John a special name—and told them the special part John would play in fulfilling His plan for history.


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



Christ’s Heart

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Heart of Christ. In the attached Youtube clip (click on the image to watch it), Ryan Adorjan from Munderlein Seminary explains the doctrine and devotion behind this. I have always from my childhood had a love for the Heart of Christ and in our parish church there was an altar dedicated to Him, with candles to light. When I was ordained bishop, I chose the motto In Corde Iesu in order to place Jesus Christ at the centre of everything in my episcopal ministry and also to draw the Diocese to the Person of Christ our Saviour. In my eighth Pastoral Letter, published on 29th June 2014 (you can read it here) called “The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the New Evangelisation” I said this: “Over the last decades, the Church has been calling us to make an epic shift in attitude, to focus less on the Church of the Lord and more on the Lord of the Church. Instead of being inward looking, seeking to change or to conserve the status quo, or becoming a moaning minnie, we need to recall the joyful words of Paul VI that the Church exists to evangelise. As disciples, our primary task is to live like Jesus, to reach out to others in love, and to transform our culture with the Gospel.”  



I will offer up my Life

Another Matt Redman song that’s popular at our youth gatherings and youth Masses is his “I will offer up my Life”. We sang it in Jersey last weekend at the Confirmation Masses. The lyrics are powerful. Click on the image to hear the song. Here are the first and second verses:


I will offer up my life in spirit and truth

Pouring out the oil of love, as my worship to you

In surrender I must give my every part

Lord, receive this sacrifice of a broken heart



Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring

To so faithful a Friend, to so loving a King?

Saviour, what can be said, what can be sung

As a praise of Your name for the things You have done?

Oh, my words could not tell, not even in part

Of the debt of love that is owed by this thankful heart

This thankful heart, this thankful heart.


You deserve my every breath, for You've paid the great cost

Giving up your life to death, even death on the cross

You took all my shame away, there defeated my sin

Open up the gates of heaven and have beckoned me in.



The difficulties with going to Mass - a reflection by Jennifer Geach

Sometimes (often) it can be difficult going to Mass.  In the first place, there are the practical difficulties.  Most parishes in cities are very generous in the number of Masses they offer, and our hard working and devoted priests serve us very well.  (We need however to pray constantly that the numbers of priests be supplemented, for otherwise we may find ourselves without a priest, and so without Mass which is the sun and centre of the Christian life).  But it is all too easy to feel that any time is difficult, that Mass 'gets in the way' of all the other things we want to do with our precious weekend.  If we live far from a church, these difficulties can be exacerbated. (So if one is buying or renting  a house, one consideration should be how far it is to reach Mass.  Cardinal Manning oversaw the building of many churches in London, because he wanted to make sure that no one lived more than a mile from a church). 


Read the full reflection here. 



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

Personal Vocation: The Birthday of St John the Baptist – Luke 1:57-66,80

We celebrate on Sunday the birth of St John the Baptist as a solemnity – the highest possible feast in the Catholic Church – to show John the Baptist’s essential role as the forerunner of Jesus Christ.


We can be led to think that God has special plans for special people, like John the Baptist. Yet what about his father Zechariah? What about his mother Elizabeth? What about you and me? Each of us can contribute to the coming of Jesus, like John the Baptist, in our own hearts, in other human hearts, and in society as a whole, and so build the Kingdom of God.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith:  Do we have faith in the unique vocation that God gives each of us? Or are we all

           indifferently replaceable?

Hope:  How can we begin to discern and respond to the call of God for our life?

Love:  What will be the signs that show we’re engaged in doing the will of God?   


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



Sharing the Journey in Refugee Week

This year we celebrate 20 years of Refugee Week between 18th - 24th June.  Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts and cultural  events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.  We in the Catholic community can witness strongly to this, many of us come from migrant families and all of us benefit from the spiritual richness of art, culture and prayer that make up our global Church.


Refugee week is also about education and encouraging a better understanding between communities so its an ideal time to get involved in CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign signing the petition and organising a solidarity walk.   But even if you are not a walker there is plenty you can do at Ss Thomas Church in Emsworth for example they have organised their walk with other Christians and put together there own  list of “20 Simple Acts” to raise awareness and  help refugees locally.    If you live in the area everyone is welcome to join the walk or maybe be inspired to organise your own parish or school event.


There is some more information here.  



Join us for a Bereavement Support Workshop on Saturday 7th July

You are warmly invited to a workshop that will look at the process of a parish helping people going through dying and bereavement.   Our main speaker will be Kathryn Turner, head of the Department for Spirituality in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.   There will also be a few speakers from parishes in our diocese.   Please come if you are at all interested in learning more, even if you or your parish aren’t currently doing any work in this area.   It will be held at Milner Hall, next to the Winchester parish centre, between 10am - 12.30pm.  Please book a free place by contacting Philippa Foster, the Leader of the Pastoral Care Services team in the diocese, at pfoster@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 

If you cannot come but would be interested in registering your interest in this important pastoral care work, please email Philippa too, who is looking to build connections and community within the diocese. 



National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Walsingham

On Sunday 22nd July, the National Grandparents Association will be celebrating the Feast of Ss Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Family Pilgrimage to Walsingham.


11am: Reconciliation, music & song by Walsingham Choirs
12pm: Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes – Bishop of East Anglia

with Reflection by Catherine Wiley – Founder of the CGA

followed by a picnic lunch, fun & games – Children’s entertainment by Graham, Fun Force
2.30pm Walsingham Play – Re-enacted – Beautiful Musical Costume Play by Children and Grandparents
4pm: Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction – Prayer Balloon Launch


There is a poster here.



Fanning the Flame invite all 10-25 year olds to their Summer Camp

This summer, the Fanning the Flame Catholic Mission will once again be running their Summer camp for 10-25 year olds in the New Forest. I was there last summer and it was a great day with everyone really enjoying it. There was good crowd of youngsters from all over the Diocese. The weather helped and we had an outdoor Mass. 


Wherever you are in your Catholic faith, come and be refreshed and renewed in God’s love for you! This year's theme is "Ablaze in the Truth".


The camp runs from 20th - 24th August and bookings close on 1st August.


For more information and booking forms visit the Fanning the Flame website or e-mail:ftfcm1995@gmail.com


For a poster see here.



Calling all Catechists

Our Diocesan Formation for Mission team has been hard at work to prepare for our next Day for Catechists which will take place on Saturday 20th October in St John's Cathedral. The team met on Saturday 26th May for a meeting and lovely meal out and are now very excited about all the good things they are preparing for all diocesan catechists and Children’s Liturgy coordinators on the 20th October (see here). This day will also be a fantastic opportunity to recruit and invite potential catechists to come along, as we will spend some time discovering the mission and charisms of the catechist. If you wish to attend the day, book here.


Also, the team is inviting diocesan catechists to join them on the 20-24th September for the 2nd International Congress on Catechesis, which will take place in Rome (see hereIf you are interested in attending the congress, email Sr Hyacinthe: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk as soon as possible.




Sacrament of Confirmation conferred in the Extraordinary Form 

Last week, I visited St William of York Reading to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) who are based there. Click on the image to see the whole group. 


The Website Catholic Answers asks "What do the terms "Ordinary Form" and "Extraordinary Form” mean”? It goes on: "For a long time, people referred to the new liturgy (or the Missal of 1970) as the "new rite" and the older liturgy (the most recent version of which is the Missal of 1962) as the "old rite." In his July 7, 2007 letter to bishops, Pope Benedict XVI said that we should instead think of these Missals as being two forms of a single Roman rite, rather than as two separate rites. Thus he prefers that instead of "new rite" and "old rite," we say "Ordinary Form" (his name for the Missal of 1970, or Novus Ordo Missae) and "Extraordinary Form" (the Missal of 1962, or the traditional Latin Mass). The two forms use different liturgical calendars and different cycles of scriptural readings. The Extraordinary Form operates according to a one-year cycle, which means the same readings are used on the same dates every year. The Ordinary Form uses a three-year cycle, which means particular passages are usually used once every three years." 



Hugely successful Diocesan Day for Readers

98 readers from across the diocese came together on Saturday 16th June for a day of formation and fellowship, to refresh their understanding of the Liturgy of the Church and of the Bible, so as to be able to proclaim the Word of God with faith, reverence, and understanding. Fleur Dorrell, from the Bible Society / Bishops’ Conference spoke remarkably on the place of the Word of God in the Liturgy of the Church, using stunning works of religious art and Sr Hyacinthe, from Formation for Mission, spoke about the 4 senses of Scripture. Thanks to the Bible Society, participants were treated to a fantastic lunch, followed by a time of sharing on the best practices for readers in church, drawing from everyone’s experiences and insights. The day began and ended with the worship of God, starting with Mass and ending with a time of prayer. Our thanks go to Fr Chris Rutledge and the parishioners of St Bede’s who opened their church and hearts to all of us!’


More photos here.



Fifty Years a Priest

Congratulations to Canon Peter Turbitt, another of this year's Jubilarians who celebrated his Golden Jubilee at the special Jubilarians Mass last week along with Mgr Nick France and Bishop Peter Doyle. 

He was ordained on 10th March 1968 for Hexham & Newcastle diocese, subsequently moving south where he was incardinated into the Diocese of Portsmouth. He currently serves as Dean of St Edmund Campion Deanery (Old Berkshire), Co-ordinating Pastor of North Downs Pastoral Area and Parish Priest of Wantage, Lambourn & Hungerford and Buckland & Farringdon parishes. He is a member of the Chapter of Canons of St John's Cathedral and a  Judge on the Inter-diocesan Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark.


Here is prayer to say for our Jubilarian priests: 


O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfilment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.



A new (transitional) Deacon ordained for our Diocese in London

Last Saturday, Archbishop George Stack ordained, on my behalf, Ian Cornford to the diaconate in the Chapel at Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea. Deacon Ian is a transitional deacon, who continues his journey towards the Sacred Priesthood.


Ian writes...


I wanted to share with you my utter joy and gratitude to Our Blessed Lord today,  for His gift of diaconal ordination at the hands of Archbishop George Stack. I am greatly humbled,  and I have so much peace and joy in my heart. I am so very happy! The ordination went by without a hitch, and the music was very well put together.  My family were there and found it very moving, as did I. I had lots of other friends come and support me, along with Monsignor Jeremy Garratt and Fr’s Gerard Flynn and Peter Hollins.  I am very much looking forward to entering into active ministry this next Friday in the parishes of St Joseph’s and Edmund Campion, Maidenhead.



A new (permanent) Deacon ordained in Jersey

Last Thursday in Jersey I ordained Nick Le Cornu to the Sacred Order of Deacon. Nick, who is married to Julia, has been a parishioner and altar server in Jersey for the past 10 years. He has written a moving account of his journey to the diaconate which you can read here along with some photos from the celebration.


Deacon Nick's ordination was one of many celebrations in Jersey this month, which have included Mgr Nicholas France's Golden Jubilee of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, two Confirmation Masses and the forthcoming Silver Jubilee of Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh's Ordination.


If you are interested in finding out more about the diaconate in our diocese, please contact the Diocesan Director of the Diaconate, Fr Peter Hart.



And a Deacon on the move...

Deacon Roger Carr-Jones is a well-known servant of our Diocese for his current work on data protection recent months. Deacon Roger has approached the delivery of this new legislation into the life of our parishes and curial offices by affirming existing good practice and placing it in the context of our wider Christian Stewardship. He has done this with a mixture of grace, good humour and common-sense. All of these qualities have been formed and nurtured by his diaconal ministry within the Diocese, not least by his practical service at the Sacred Heart Church in Bournemouth.


We are therefore delighted to announce that, in August, Deacon Roger will take up a new appointment as the Coordinator for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Westminster. Although we feel a sense of sadness at our loss this is balanced by a sense of joy at the opportunities this role will bring to him and how it will feed his diaconal ministry. Although we will certainly miss Roger’s cheeriness and enthusiasm in the Curial Offices, Roger will continue to undertake his regular diaconal duties in the diocese. By happy coincidence the last post-holder of this role is Edmund Adamus, who is now such a key member of our Catholic Academies and Schools Office and with whom Roger has previously worked. No doubt, that relationship will be fostered further as Roger develops in his new role and new adventures in the Vineyard of the Lord.


Focus on... Rosie Lennon

Rosie Lennon is the new Refugee Project Development Officer for the diocese.


Rosie writes...


I am delighted to have been appointed as Refugee Project Development Officer working for the Diocese. I first became involved with refugees as a volunteer when the Rural Refugee Network set up in Petersfield in 2015. Since then I have been actively involved with finding housing, preparing homes for resettlement, organising the teaching of English for Syrian families, and fundraising, all of which has enabled Syrian families to start a new life in the UK. I am looking forward to working with the Diocese so we can continue this wonderful work in providing hope and a great future for many more refugees.


You can read more about this role is last week's e-News here.



Bishop Philip's Engagements    

Monday 18th June 

Internal meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth

Meeting Neo-Catechumenal Families


Tuesday 19th June

Mass to celebrate 150 years of CTS, Westminster Cathedral


Thursday 21st June

11am: Annual School’s Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Saturday 23rd June 

11am: Confirmation Mass, Bordon and Petersfield Pastoral Area


Sunday 24th June

3pm: Confirmation Mass, St John’s Cathedral, Avon Stour Pastoral Area


Monday 25th June 

Catholic and Church of England Joint Education Meeting, Bishopsgrove, Fareham


Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th June 

Coordinating Pastors Meeting, Buckfast Abbey
Vicars General Meeting, Buckfast Abbey


Thursday 28th June 

RE Teachers retreat Day, Ashurst


Friday 29th June 

Schools and Academies Department Meeting, Bishop’s House
Meeting Safeguarding Department Head, Bishop’s House


Saturday 30th June 

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass, St Bede’s, Basingstoke



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 17th June


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Boniface, Shirley, Southampton (consecrated 17.6.1947) 


Monday 18th June

Feria [11th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish Prayer Groups


Tuesday 19th June

St Romuald, Abbot, optional memorial

or: Feria [11th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Sisters of Our Lady of Pity

Jubilee: Fr John Cooke (ordained 19.6.1993)


Wednesday 20th June

St Alban, Martyr, optional memorial

or: Feria [11th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Military Chapel of St. Alban, Shrivenham


Thursday 21st June

St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart, Bordon (dedicated 21.6.1990);

Parish of St Mary, Woolhampton (dedicated 21.6.1995)


Friday 22nd June

Ss JOHN FISHER, Bishop & THOMAS MORE, Martyrs, feast

National Prayer Cycle: Those who suffer persecution, oppression and denial of human rights Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Anne & St Mary Magdalen, Alderney (consecrated 22.6.1973); Communities of St Thomas More at Stockbridge, Hartley Wintney, & Boars Hill;

Community of St John Fisher, Whitchurch


Saturday 23rd June

St Etheldreda, Abbess, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [11th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Sacred Heart, Shanklin

(consecrated 23.6.1911, rededicated 10.6.1988)


Sunday 24th June


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St John the Baptist, Andover (dedicated 24.6.2008) 


Monday 25th June 

Feria [12th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Mary, Alton (dedicated 25.6.1982)


Tuesday 26th June

Feria [12th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Members of Opus Dei in the Diocese Fr James O’Sullivan (1934)

Jubilee: Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh (ordained 26.6.1993)


Wednesday 27th June

St Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: Feria [12th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Disability Fellowship


Thursday 28th June

St Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish Disability representatives


Friday 29th June

Ss PETER & PAUL, Apostles, solemnity [Holy Day of Obligation]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Community using St Peter’s Anglican Church, Sark

Jubilee: Fr Donald Clements (ordained 29.6.1968)


Saturday 30th June 

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [12th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Sacred Heart (Madrid) Sisters in the Diocese 


Sunday 1st July


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart & St Peter, Waterlooville (dedicated 1.7.11)


Forthcoming Events    

Saturday 23rd June

Alton Day of Renewal
Alton Convent

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


Sunday 1st July
Ordination of Deacons
St John's Cathedral, 2.30pm

Read more


Monday 2nd July
Winchester Catholic History Society
The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem: Recent Discoveries, New Perspectives.
Read more


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


Friday 20th July
Health & Safety Conference and Mass
St Mary's Alton
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  

Housekeeper/Cleaner at St James Reading

12hrs per week (Wed, Thu, Fri 10.30am-2.30pm).

Salary £9.50ph.

Must be able to clean & cook & shop online.

Closing date: 30th June. Interviews w/c 9th July.

Start date: 5th September 2018.


St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School 
Primary Teacher

Full Time Teacher from September 2018

Main Pay Range


St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School are looking for a class teacher to join our school who is:

• An enthusiastic and passionate teacher who ensures every child achieves the very best they can

• Committed to making learning exciting, memorable and enjoyable

• Keen to be a part of innovative and dynamic staff team

• Willing to fully embrace all aspects of school life

Closing dates for applications is 12 Noon on Wednesday 20th June.

Catechetical Coordinator for the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis -
The Catholic Bishop's Conference of England & Wales                                  

3 Year Contract


Location: Based in Victoria, London, SW1 with work potentially countrywide.

Reports to: Department Secretary for Evangelisation and Catechesis.

Purpose: To develop the work of catechesis in England and Wales, and help dioceses form

missionary disciples, inspired by The Joy of the Gospel and the new Directory for Catechesis.

More information on this external vacancy may be found here.


Closing dates for applications is Tuesday 26th June.


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 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. For Deacon Nick Le Cornu and Deacon Ian Cornford, recently ordained and for Kim Cabatana, Gregory Cook, Tom Jose, Martin McElroy and Mohanraj Edward to be ordained to the diaconate over the coming days.

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 clergy preparing to move to new assignments in the autumn.


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 may 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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