Living Our Faith

What is Living Our Faith? The Diocese of Portsmouth serves the spiritual and pastoral needs of more than 190,000 Catholics across 93 parishes. For 125 years, it has ministered to the need of God’s people and we are continuing to see growth and change across our 24 pastoral areas. Bishop Crispian, after much prayer and consultation, made the decision to embark on a historic endeavor to address the challenges we are facing to help and ensure our Diocese will continue to flourish for generations to come. Living Our Faith will enable our Church to continue to serve its people (by raising much needed funds to:)

Invest in the clergy

and encourage vocations, ensuring resources for the development and formation of men called to priestly ministry in our pastoral areas.

Assist lay formation

and encourage volunteers and evangelization in our local parishes and pastoral areas.

Renew parish facilities

providing loans and grants. We face major challenges to the physical upkeep of our churches,

Provide Parish needs

Provide for specific local parish needs, through a generous sharing formula

Our Latest News

Living Our Faith continues success, with Parishes across the Diocese

The Committee

A special “Impact Committee” of clergy and lay people will monitor the expenditure of funds


Already, many families have made sacrificial gifts to the campaign.
To continue this success it is important that we receive a donation from all our parishioners,
and others who may have already contributed but feel that they would like to give more.

How do I make a pledge?

Please download and complete the following form 

Hints and tips on completing the pledge form


Please mail the form to:
Mr Graham Palethorpe, Living Our Faith Office,
St Edmund House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3QA
Tel: 023 9283 6518


Frequently Asked Questions


Will My Gift Remain Confidential?

Yes, the only persons knowing your pledge information are the parish priest, Local Parish Living Our Faithadministrator and the Living Our Faith administrator in the Diocesan Finance Office in Portsmouth. These have been instructed to keep all information confidential

Can Legacy Gifts be made to the Campaign?

Yes, if a parishioner offers a planned gift, then please contact the Living Our Faith administrator in the Diocesan Finance Office in Portsmouth. Telephone Graham Palethorpe 023 9283 6518

Can the Diocese reclaim tax on my donation?

Yes we can. If you are a taxpayer, then by making a Gift Aid declaration for your donation, the Parish can reclaim the basic rate of tax you have already paid on your income. It’s simple and costs you nothing.

What if my financial situation changes and I am unable to fulfil my pledge?

Your pledge to support Living Our Faith is made in good faith. Should financial difficulties arise, making it impossible for you to continue your payments, please notify the Living Our Faith office to this effect.

How should payments be made?

A parishioner may choose to pay on their pledge monthly, quarterly, twice annually or annually. While over 85% of parishioners set up direct debit, some prefer to write cheques; the Living Our Faith office will send reminders according to a chose schedule. Payments should be made to Living Our Faith and should not be made to the parish.

Who can I contact if I have any queries about payments or the gift aid on my pledge?

Please contact: Mr Graham Palethorpe, Living Our Faith Office, St Edmund House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3QA
Tel: 023 9283 6518.

Contact

Graham Palethorpe, Living Our Faith Administrator St Edmund's House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO1 3QA, Tel: 023 9283 6518

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