Dialogue & Proclamation


Christian Unity

“If we do not walk together, if we do not pray for one another, if we do not collaborate in the many ways that we can in this world for the people of God, then unity will not come about” (Pope Francis, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2014).

This team is comprised of up to 12 members from across the diocese. Its aim is to pray and work for spiritual, liturgical, doctrinal and ecclesial communion, and to promote a desire for this within the clergy and laity of our own diocese. It assists the Ecumenical Development Officer (EDO), who is appointed by the Bishop.

Inter-Religious Dialogue and Jewish-Christian Fellowship

“An attitude of openness in truth and in love must characterize the dialogue with the followers of non-Christian religions, in spite of various obstacles and difficulties, especially forms of fundamentalism on both sides. … True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side” (Evangelii Gaudium, 250-1).

This team comprises up to 12 members from across the Diocese, who assist one or more IRD coordinators (appointed by the Bishop). The team aims to identify and build good relationships with the people and leaders of the other religious communities (non-Christian) within the different areas of our Diocese and to enable mutually enriching discussion and sharing. This team also constitutes the Jewish-Christian Fellowship, although this in time will become a distinct team. Moreover, as the work of the IRD team progresses, it will probably develop further sub-teams along the same lines as the Jewish-Christian Fellowship.

Team Leaders: Mgr. Vincent Harvey and Canon John O’Shea

Courtyard of the Gentiles

“I think that today too the Church should open a sort of ‘Courtyard of the Gentiles,’ in which people might in some way latch on to God, without knowing him and before gaining access to his mystery … who nevertheless do not want to be left merely Godless, but rather to draw near to him, albeit as the Unknown” (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009).

This provides a space and forum for constructive and hope-filled dialogue between the Church and those of those of no defined belief but who seek with a sincere heart. It is comprised of up to 12 members.


Team Leader: Liz Slinn


Fr Mark Hogan

Subscribe to Portsmouth Diocese E-news
Keep up to date with what’s happening in the diocese. The diocesan e-news comes out on Tuesday most weeks – latest events, photos, videos.

(Under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the information provided on this form will be held in confidence and used for the purpose of diocesan communications and no other purpose).