Every diocese is lead by a Bishop. Our Bishop is supported and advised in his leadership of the diocese by a number of different groups of clergy and lay people. You can find out about each of these groups below.
The Bishop’s Council are the senior clergy (the Vicars General and Episcopal Vicars) appointed by the Bishop to oversee certain aspects of the life and work of the Diocese. They meet regularly to advise the Bishop.
The Diocese of Portsmouth is a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales. As such, we are required by law to have a group of Trustees who support the Bishop by overseeing the charitable work of the diocese. Alongside the members of the Bishop’s Council, the trustees are chosen for their expertise in various fields and their dedication to the Catholic Mission of the Diocese.
The Senior Staff of the Diocesan Curia are lay men and women who, supervised by the Moderator of the Curia, manage the ‘Department for Administration’ which carries out the vital administrative work of the Diocese.
Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of all men and women in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm. In the Catholic Church this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress; caring for those hurt by abuse in the past; ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.
It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all which promotes and supports their wellbeing. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and responding robustly where concerns arise. We employ a Head of Safeguarding to ensure that we meet all of our safeguarding obligations and to ensure a culture of safeguarding across the Diocese. The work is supported and overseen by our lay-led Diocesan Safeguarding Sub-Committee.
Sub-Committee Member (Religious)