Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 26th June 2018 - Issue 188 (2018/23)

Dear Friends,


As we continue to enjoy the sunny weather, welcome to this week’s e-News. Two items are of note. First was the publication of the results of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital Inquiry last week. I am sure that all of us were deeply upset by what it revealed: how relatives, and sometimes patients themselves, could not understand why powerful painkillers were being given in high doses and how as a result many lives were shortened. Let us pray for those who have died and for the families bereaved. I have released a special Pastoral Message (see below). The other matter this week are the various clergy moves from September. Please pray for all those priests on the move and for our parish communities. I thank you all for your patience with this matter, which by God’s grace I pray will release fresh vigour and joy across the Diocese. Meanwhile, have a good week ahead.     


Pastoral Message about Gosport Hospital

I am sure that, like me, you were saddened by the report last week into the deaths of hundreds of elderly patients at Gosport Memorial Hospital in the period 1989 to 2000, caused by the inappropriate prescription of opiates and painkillers. It is a terrible tragedy. Let us pray for the repose of those who have died, for their families, and for justice and reconciliation. These deaths took place within our own Diocese. I know I speak for us all, clergy and faithful, in extending to bereaved families our love, sympathy and prayers.


As a society we need urgently to review our geriatric care and our end of life care, specifically in relation to fundamental moral principles. The recent campaign in Guernsey for physician assisted suicide, and then the case of baby Alfie Evans, tell us that we cannot leave awkward decisions to the courts alone. We need to reprise our basic human values. The NHS is a huge blessing but we must ever be vigilant to the policies, values, priorities and procedures that operate within it. I have long been uneasy with the concept used “quality of life,” which seems to invest experts and judges with power over the life and death of an individual. I prefer the term “dignity of life,” which reminds us of the absolute good of the person and their infinite worth.




"Arise!" - Scott Hahn reflects on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

God, who formed us in His imperishable image, did not intend for us to die, we hear in next Sunday’s First Reading. Death entered the world through the devil’s envy and Adam and Eve’s sin; as a result, we are all bound to die. But in the moving story in the Gospel, we see Jesus liberate a little girl from the possession of death. On one level, Mark is recounting an event that led the disciples to understand Jesus’ authority and power over even the final enemy, death. On another level, however, this episode is written to strengthen our hope that we too will be raised from the dead, along with all our loved ones who sleep in Christ.


Jesus commands the girl to “Arise!”—using the same Greek word used to describe His own Resurrection. And the consoling message of the Gospel is that Jesus is the Resurrection and the life. If we believe in Him, even though we die, we will live. Already in Baptism we’ve been raised to new life in Christ. And the Eucharist, like the food given to the little girl today, is the
pledge that He will raise us on the last day. 


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



This Friday is the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul

This Friday we celebrate the great solemnity of the holy apostles Peter and Paul who share in a twofold mission in the Church as we hear in the Proper Preface at Mass:


For by your providence the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul bring us joy: Peter, foremost in confessing the faith, Paul, its outstanding preacher, Peter, who established the early Church from the remnant of Israel, Paul, master and teacher of the Gentiles that you call. And so, each in a different way gathered together the one family of Christ; and revered together throughout the world, they share one Martyr’s crown.


This great solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should make every effort to attend Mass. Being a solemnity, the normal Friday abstinence is dispensed.


Here's the Collect for the day:


O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul give us the noble and holy joy of this day, grant, we pray, that your Church may in all things follow the teaching of those through whom she received the beginnings of right religion. 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.




Here’s another Matt Redman song that we have used a lot at our youth gatherings and youth Masses. The music is particular beautiful and inspiring. I’m sure we will be singing at Mass and Eucharistic Adoration next week for the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati celebration. Here are some of the lyrics:


Oh, how could it be That my God would welcome me into this mystery

Say take this bread, take this wine

Now the simple made divine for any to receive

By Your mercy, we come to Your table

By Your grace, You are making us faithful

Lord, we remember You And remembrance leads us to worship

And as we worship You Our worship leads to communion

We respond to Your invitation, we remember You.


See His body, His blood Know that He has overcome every trial we will face

None too lost to be saved

None too broken or ashamed, all are welcome in this place

By Your mercy, we come to Your table

By Your grace, You are making us faithful.


Lord, we remember You And remembrance leads us to worship

And as we worship You Our worship leads to communion

We respond to Your invitation, we remember You.

Dying You destroyed our death Rising You restored our life

Lord Jesus, come in glory Lord Jesus, come in glory

Lord Jesus, come in glory Lord Jesus, come in glory.


Click on the image to hear Matt Redman performing Remembrance.



Not just to love, but also to be loved - a reflection by Jennifer Geach

There is a passage in one of Antony Trollope’s novels, Framley Parsonage, in which Mr. Crawley speaks of the bitterness of the bread of charity for the recipient.  It is sweet to give help, he says; but bitter to receive it.  Here I think Trollope has hit on an important aspect of our psychology.  Ministering to others gratifies our sense of self worth and importance: being generous with our money, our goods and our time provides us with a warm glow, and an interior feeling of satisfaction.


This means that we very often forget the other side of the equation.  We are here, in my opinion, to learn how to love; and that is a comparatively easy lesson. I do not mean that it is easy in itself: it is hard to give actual, rather than notional assent to the idea that the person I am talking to is just as important in their world as I am in mine; more, is in reality just as important as I am.  However, the attempt to acknowledge this, and the attempt to love them is accompanied by the warmth of feeling altruistic.  What I mean by ‘the other side of the equation’ is that we are not here just to love, but also to be loved.


Read the full reflection here. 



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


This Sunday’s Gospel presents us with a double miracle of Jesus: his healing of the woman with haemorrhage on his way to raising up the daughter of Jairus. We see a great contrast between the hidden and discreet faith of the woman who simply touches his garment, and the lack of faith of Jairus’ household who come to tell him not to bother, as the child is dead. Can Jesus do both? Can Jesus do everything? Why does it often feel like he is doing nothing? Perhaps he simply wants us to grow in faith in his multi-tasking abilities…


We’ll reflect on:
Faith: What sort of faith are we called to? How can we grow in faith?    

Hope: What’s the difference between hope and naïve optimism? How can we purify our hope? Love: How can we be much more convinced of Jesus’ attentive love and care for everyone?    


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



See you next week – 4th July 2018!

I hope you can join us next week, Wednesday 4th July, at St. Patrick’s Soho for our Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati celebration. St. Patrick’s is just by Tottenham Court Road tube station, so it’s easy to get to. The Day runs from 1.30 pm til 9 pm, beginning with an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Then there’s a couple of short talks. I’m doing “The Eucharist in the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio” and Bishop John Wilson (on his birthday!) is doing “The Poor in the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio.” A great highlight of the Day is having with us Pier Giorgio’s niece, Wanda Gawronska, who is coming over from Rome. She will be sharing some of the memories of her uncle and, I hope, bringing a relic or two. She will be accompanied by Christine Wohar, leader of Frassati USA: you may have seen her on the EWTN programme in a series of interviews with Wanda. There will be a break for supper at 5.30 pm, before resuming at 7 pm, and then Mass at 8 pm. Fr. Alexander Sherbrook, the parish priest of St. Patrick’s and the person who originally introduced me to Wanda, is going to give the homily. Music during the Day will be provided by the Youth 2000 worship group. We invite a donation of £5 towards costs. Please come and join us! You can see the flier for the Day here.



Clergy moves

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.


You can read the full list of appointments here.    

Fanning the Flame 

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. 



An invitation from the Friends of the Cathedral 

The Friends of the Cathedral (in conjunction with the Friends of Arundel Cathedral) have arranged a day trip to the Isle of Wight on Saturday 22 September. All members (and those thinking of becoming members) are invited to join what should be an enjoyable and informative day.


We intend traveling by car-ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne in a fleet of cars, each carrying up to five occupants, including the driver. This is the sole obligatory payment of the day, and should not exceed £15 per head. 


Our first stop will be at St Cecilia’s Abbey where we will join the community for sung mass, followed by a presentation by the sisters on convent life. Lunch will be at individuals’ discretion, either at one of the many eating establishments in Ryde or, for those who wish, there are plenty of places where a picnic lunch may be enjoyed.  After lunch the group will move to Quarr Abbey, where members will be free to enjoy all that the Abbey has to offer, including their tearoom, garden and farm shop.


More information here.



Annual Mass for Schools 

Last week, staff and students from across the diocese journeyed to the Cathedral for a joyful Annual Mass for Schools. The cathedral was packed with an array of colour of all the different uniforms, flags and banners present. The Mass had a Bamendan theme including a Gospel procession with schoolchildren holding multicoloured ribbons flowing from the Book of the Gospels. It was great to have with us the three Bamenda priests serving in our Diocese: Fr. George Ngwa from New Milton, Fr. Bernadine Nsom from Charminister and Fr. Thom Amungwa. Fr. Thom returns home this summer and during the homily, when I mentioned this, everyone expressed their thanks and best wishes in a spontaneous round of applause.
In my homily I talked about a visit I made to Bamenda - our Twin Diocese - to visit Archbishop Cornelius. You can read it here.
There are some photos from the day here.


First Alderney May Procession in living memory

For the first time in living memory the May Procession took to the streets of Alderney. The congregation joyfully sang the hymns in honour of Our Lady seeking her protection for the Island and its people and the Church. The Procession was well received by all the Islanders and many commented on its beauty!


Click on the image for a larger picture.


Meanwhile, the Adoremus Centre continues in its early stages of development. Its purpose is to beg and obtain God’s grace and blessings for the clergy, people, schools and ministries of the Diocese in their work of mission and evangelisation, that is, the proclamation of the Gospel to the people living around us. My hope is that the parish priest, the Franciscan sisters and the faithful of the parish will turn Alderney into a “powerhouse of prayer” for the renewal of the Church and the re-evangelisation of the Channels Islands and the whole Diocese of Portsmouth. The sisters especially will support this work through their continuous prayer, petition, self-sacrifice and adoration of the Holy Eucharist.



Congratulations to Archbishop Cornelius

On Monday 2nd July, Archbishop Cornelius Esua, Archbishop of Bamenda celebrates both his 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination. He will be celebrating with a special celebration Mass in the Bamenda Metropolitan Cathedral. We send him warm greetings from our diocese, twinned with the Archdiocese of Bamenda for over 40 years and the assurance of our prayers.

Here's a prayer to offer for him:
God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant, Cornelius, to be a shepherd of your flock. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Priest for Twenty-Five Years...

Congratulations to Fr John Cooke who celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood last week in Christchurch. 

Fr John writes...


I have to admit, I did not want to celebrate my Silver Jubilee particularly. Not because I don’t love being a priest, but it was because I was quite happy to let the milestone pass by very quietly.  However, someone very close to me reminded me that this day actually was not really just about me.  It is about ‘us’ as church.  My priesthood is not my commodity, and it is not my possession.  Yes, it is my great privilege, but it is also first and foremost a gift, something given by God.  All gifts, which come from the Father through the Son, are given for others and given precisely for our eternal salvation; given to give us the fulness of spiritual life.   As Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance" (Jn 10:10). 


Read more.



... and for Fifty!

Congratulations to Fr Michael Peters who celebrated his Golden Jubilee of priesthood on Friday 22nd June.  Father Michael (known by many as Fr Peters) trained at Valladolid seminary in Spain. Like Saint Matthew he was previously a tax collector!! Fr Michael has served in many parishes in Portsmouth Diocese including Eastleigh, Crowthorne, Southsea, Charminster (Bournemouth), Horndean, Fareham to Portswood and Lordswood.  He also served in Bamenda 1974-75.  He has continued as School Chaplain to St Mary’s College in Bitterne in Southampton, where his energy and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated by the students.  He is also a much-valued Chaplain to Teams of Our Lady (Fareham 2). We all wish him every blessing as he celebrates this milestone and thank him for the service he has given to the Diocese and for his support to his many parishioners over the years.


Family, friends, students of St. Mary's Independent School (Southampton) and former parishioners celebrated Mass with Father Michael on his Golden Jubilee. The ten cakes commemorated the ten communities in which he had served (and still is). Speaking in a class earlier he mentioned that - as far as records can show - he is the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained from his former school (Portsmouth Grammar School) since its foundation in 1732. "Oh! exclaimed one bright spark, I didn't know you were that old, Father!" How children can bring us quickly down to earth...


They were interested to know that Father kept a record of all those he had been privileged to baptise (678 male and 598 female). The total (1276) was a significant year in the life of the papacy. For homework they had to discover why. (One assumes all readers of e-News know the answer?)



A new (transitional) Deacon ordained for our Diocese at Oscott

Last Saturday, Mohanraj Edward was ordained Deacon at St Mary's College Oscott by Archbishop Bernard Longley. He was supported by Fr Gerard Flynn, Diocesan Director of Vocations and Fr Mark Whiting who was himself ordained Deacon at Oscott two years ago.


It was a pleasure to welcome Deacon Mohanraj back to the diocese the following day when he assisted me at the Cathedral for this year's final Confirmation Mass.


A Deacon for Twenty-five years

Deacon Iain MacFirbhisigh celebrated his silver Jubilee last week. Bishop Crispian Hollis travelled to Jersey and was the principal celebrant at a Mass held in St Mary & St Peter’s Church. This special Mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Nicholas France, Canon David Mahy, Fr Benjamin and Fr Francis together with many Deacons , some of whom travelled to the Island especially to support Deacon Iain. The homily was given by Mgr Nicholas France who had worked with Deacon Iain in Jersey during the past 19 years. You can read it here. The Mass was followed by a reception in Beaulieu Convent School where all had an opportunity to give thanks and congratulate Deacon Iain on this special anniversary.


Here's a prayer for deacons:


Heavenly Father, since the time of the Apostles you have inspired the Church  to commission certain members  to assist in a special way in the pastoral mission of Christ. Bless our deacons that they may be humble  and faith inspired in their service. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.



And a Deacon on the move...

Deacon Stephen Morgan will begin a much-deserved three-month sabbatical from his duties as Oeconomus on 1st September, after 14 1/2 years in post.  I want to put on record my particular gratitude for his expertise and tireless dedication to the duties of that office, his commitment to the mission of the Church in our Diocese of Portsmouth, and especially for his loyalty and support of Bishop Crispian and myself, for his love for the priests of the Diocese and his solidarity with his brother deacons.   I also want to express my gratitude to his wife, Caroline, and his children, Peter, Sophia and Hugo, for the support they have given Stephen in his work.  At the end of his sabbatical, I have agreed to Stephen’s appointment 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.   Stephen’s work in this role will involve the intellectual formation of clergy, religious and lay faithful in Macau, China and mission territories across the Asia-Pacific.  I know Stephen and his family can count on the prayers of the whole diocese, and especially the clergy, as he prepares for this important work.


Focus on... Sister Catherine OP

Sister Catherine OP, one of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, is part of the Formation for Mission and Youth Mission teams in the Diocese.


Hello!  My name is Sr. Catherine and I am one of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph down in the New Forest (Sway).  When people meet me (and hear my non-English accent), one of the first questions I’m often asked is, “Where are you from??”  So, by way of introduction, I’ll fill you in on the my somewhat complicated origin.  My mother is South Korean and my father is Ohioan (a native of Ohio, USA); however, I was born in Germany and grew up in several locations by the age of 10 – Germany, Virginia, South Korea, California, and finally, when my father retired early from the army after having been stationed to Fort Knox (yes, that Fort Knox – where we keep the gold!), we settled in the most welcoming and friendly state: the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.


If “home is where the heart is”, then I can tell you pieces of my heart still reside in Kentucky.  It’s not only where I spent much of my young life, but where I (rather reluctantly) encountered the truth and beauty of the Roman Catholic faith in university - which in turn captivated me to no end.


While in university I earned a BA in Music Performance (flute/piccolo) and English Literature.  I also converted to Roman Catholicism and through the encouragement of my parish priest, I began to discern religious life. Now, if you’ve ever met any Performing Arts students, “drama” doesn’t even begin to describe the extent of how these people experience day-to-day life!  With that understood, I can honestly tell you that the initial process of discernment for me was probably something akin to surviving an exciting death-defying roller coaster.  (I do love a good roller coaster!)   #thestruggleisreal


After graduation, I entered a missionary order but discerned out a few years later. In 2009 I heard about these Dominicans in the New Forest that seemed to live the Dominican life and charism unlike any other congregation of Dominican women I’d ever encountered.  I came to visit for a couple of weeks, and through their discernment process I entered postulancy in October 2010.  And - by the grace of God - I was able to make my Perpetual Profession of Vows in October 2016!


My life here as a Dominican Sister is one of immense grace and goodness.  Not only am I humbled in this vocation “to praise, to bless, [and] to preach” Jesus Christ as His unworthy spouse, but I have been able to give of myself through the call of evangelisation and catechesis in our diocesan Formation for Mission team and Youth Mission Team.  I also serve my congregation as Vocation Director (what an incredible privilege!), Choir Mistress (just keep singing!), and Social Media (have you seen a short nun running around taking photos? That’s probably me!)


What can I say?  There’s nothing more beautiful than a life poured out in love for the Beloved – and nothing more exciting that helping others to encounter the truth and love of God.



Bishop Philip's Engagements     

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


Sunday 1st July 

2:30pm: Ordination of Kim Cabatana, Gregory Cook, Tom Jose, Martin McElroy to the Diaconate, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Wednesday 4th July 

Blessed Pier Giorgio Event, St Patrick’s Church, London


Thursday 5th July 

Trustees Meeting, Bishop’s House



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 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)


Monday 2nd July 

Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Portsmouth Pastoral Area 


Tuesday 3rd July

ST THOMAS, Apostle, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Paul, Paulsgrove (consecrated 3.7.1970) 


Wednesday 4th July

St Elizabeth of Portugal, optional memorial

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Francis, Ascot (consecrated 4.7.1889)


Thursday 5th July

St Anthony Zaccaria, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Notre Dame du Rosaire, Guernsey (consecrated 4.7.1968)


Friday 6th July

St Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr, optional memorial

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Holy Trinity, Church Crookham (consecrated 5.7.1975)


Saturday 7th July

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the South Berkshire Pastoral Area


Sunday 8th July 


National Prayer Cycle: Apostleship of the Sea & all Chaplains to Seafarers

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan College of Consultors 


Forthcoming Events     

Saturday 30th June

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

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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


Saturday 14th July
Beyond War, Music of Peace
St. Mary's, Andover

Read more


Sunday 15th July
Catholic Evangelization Seminar
St Swithun's Church Hall, Southsea

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.

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, Deacon Ian Cornford, and Deacon Mohanraj Edward recently ordained and for Kim Cabatana, Gregory Cook, Tom Jose, and Martin McElroy 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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