Pastoral Care Services

“Jesus shows us: Heaven suffers with us when we suffer. God even wants to be rediscovered in ‘the least of my brethren’ (Matthew 25:40). This team seeks to promote the welfare and support of all the sick, the differently abled, the housebound and those with any special needs (e.g. the visually or aurally impaired) across the diocese, spiritually and practically.


Military Chaplaincy

Seeks to liaise with and support the military chaplains working within the diocese.

Ordinariate Links Team

Is comprised of priests appointed by the Bishop as link-persons to liaise with the Ordinariate as located within the diocese


Hospital Chaplaincies

“Care for the sick must have priority over everything else: They should be served as though they were really Christ” (St. Benedict of Nursia). This team is comprised of all Catholic chaplains, both lay and ordained, paid or voluntarily working within the NHS from the Diocese of Portsmouth. It meets once or twice a year.


Apostleship of the Sea

The regional chaplaincy covers the ports of Southampton, Portland, Poole, Fawley, Cowes, The Channel Islands, Portsmouth and Shoreham, Southampton Seafarers Centre.



Other Rites

Fr Marcus Brisley leads this team, whose role is to liaise with the Bishop, priests and communities to determine what pastoral provision of other rites is needed in each community.


The Prison Chaplaincies Team

Comprises all Catholic chaplains, both lay and ordained, paid or voluntarily working within prisons located within the diocese. We meet at least once or twice a year for prayer, discussion and mutual support, sharing information and to develop good practice.

The Extraordinary Form Co-ordinator

Father Joe McNerney's role is to enable provision of celebrations of the Roman Rite Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form (EF).


Ethnic Chaplaincy

The role of this team is to value, celebrate and network each ethnic group and helps integrate people of different ethnicities into the life of the local parish, the diocese and the universal Church. The Bishop first appoints an Ethnic Chaplaincy Coordinator and then, in liaison with him, appoints chaplains to the various ethnic groups and communities within the diocese.



Get in touch with the Coordinator overseeing all chaplaincies.

Office Number: 02392 825430

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