Portsmouth Clergy

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Welcome to the Portsmouth Diocese Vicariate for Clergy page. Here you can find the directory of Clergy in our Diocese, and information about the Priests and people in our Diocese responsible for supporting the clergy. 

The Diocese of Portsmouth is home to 157 Diocesan and other Secular priests, 84 Religious priests, and 53 Permanent Deacons. You can contact our priests and deacons by searching the directories below.


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The Clergy Support Team

Canon Paul Townsend VG

Vicar for Clergy

Canon Townsend is one of two Vicars General and Episcopal Vicar for Clergy. He is responsible for clergy support in our diocese and advises the Bishop in his dealings with the clergy and on clergy moves.

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Sue Broadbent

Clergy Support Assistant

Sue is the Clergy Support Assistant, working with Canon Paul on all matters relating to the support of the Clergy. She also serves as a mentor for some of our newly ordained clergy.


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