“If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life” (Evangelii Gaudium, 49).
The Coordinator overseeing the New Evangelisation sub-department is Father Mark Whiting.
The SRU is a research unit that provides information that enables the Diocese more effectively to adapt its evangelistic efforts to the reality of today and to changing or emerging circumstances.
Team Leader: Fr. James McAuley.
The role of the Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility (JPSR) Team is to stimulate all Catholics to have a real concern for justice, peace and social responsibility at home, at work and in our society, promoting the value of human life from conception to natural death.
Team Leader: Deacon john Cumpsty
This team, in liaison with the Department for Administration, seeks to implement the aims of Intima Ecclesiae Naturaand to establish and oversee the development of Caritas South Central.
Team leader: Kevin Gallagher
This team studies trends in religious practice and the causes of lapsation or non-practice within the Catholic community.
Team Leader: John Paul Lyttle
The Charities and Outreach Team is formed of representatives from key charities operating within the Diocese (e.g. SVP, CAFOD etc.) and works closely with Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth. The Team meets at least once or twice a year for prayer, discussion and mutual support, the sharing of information, closer liaison with the Diocese, the identification of current challenges and best responses, and the development of good practice.
Father Mark Whiting, Bishop’s House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth PO1 3HG. Tel. 02392 820894.