Diocesan Survey


As we journey in faith together

We want to understand what you think and what you consider important!

Some months ago, I asked clergy to share their thoughts in relation to three questions that I posed about the state of our Diocese, to inform the development of the long term plans and priorities: what they thought was good about the diocese, that we should celebrate; what might be identified as the challenges across our diocese; and what we may need to put in place to develop further our mission.


In addition, I issued a survey to understand better what you the people and parishioners of our diocese think and what you consider is important as we journey in faith together.

This will help us all to develop plans and priorities for the Diocese so that we can truly be faithful missionary people in a flourishing and vibrant Diocese that brings the joy and hope of the Gospel message to our communities and the wider world.


The online questionnaire ran over Christmas and into the New Year and was promoted through parish newsletters and websites, parish groups and in the notices at the end of the Mass.

I want to express profound thanks to all those of you who took part in the online survey. We had a magnificent response with 1,775 respondents sharing over 40,000 comments and moments of personal insight.


I also thank Professor Tim Cain, and the team who completed the analysis for the Herculean effort involved in pulling together the analysis of this survey and presenting them for us here.


Bishop of Portsmouth

Link to the Questionnaire