An introductory message from Bishop Philip

Clergy, through all stages of ministry

Assisting our men in training for the priesthood

The seminarian must be open to hearing the Lord’s call in his life and be eager to respond to it. Seminary is a place to study but is (more importantly) where men test and formally discern their vocation to the priesthood, with the help of the Church.

The Diocese currently has 11 men in formation for the priesthood, two of whom will be ordained, please God, in 2023. Seminary formation takes between six and seven years to priestly ordination, at a cost of £30,000 per annum.

As the current cohort of priests age, the demand for more young men to come forward and dedicate their lives to the mission and service of the Church will only increase and therefore so will the requirement to resource their formation financially.

Go, make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28: 19

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Supporting our clergy to be happy, healthy and holy

Ensuring our priests have the necessary care and resources in place throughout their lives is essential.

To be better prepared for the future and to find new ways to serve our people, it is important that our priests can carry on with their development and growth to meet the growing demands made on them.

The Closer to Christ Campaign will enable us to provide an appropriate level of support and on-going formation to these men who give their lives to the Church.

The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. St Jean Marie Vianney

Providing for our retired priests following a lifetime of ministry

While most priests retire at the age of 75, many remain very active, continuing to serve their communities, working in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies. We have a responsibility to our priests.

It is our duty to make certain that no priest is worried about meeting essential costs during their senior years, so they can enjoy their well-deserved retirement.

We have over 40 priests in retirement and  an additional 30 retirees expected over the next decade, it is critical that extra resources are provided.

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me, and I live in him. John 6:55-56

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Reviving and Enabling our local parish communities

Reviving and enabling the parish

We intend reviving our Local Parish Communities, enabling parishes to become financially sound and adequately resourced, so as  to empower the laity, supported by clergy, to maximise the impact of the local parish vision.

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me, and I live in him. John 6:55-56

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Fundraising and Stewardship Committee

To support the campaign a Fundraising and Stewardship Committee has been established to ensure that there is a high level of transparency, accountability and communication regarding this.

Fundraising and Stewardship Committee Members

The fundraising and stewardship committee is made up of clergy, trustees, senior leadership and laity drawn from across the Diocese. This group is guided by formal campaign policies that govern the expenditure of monies.

Bishop Philip Egan

Bishop of Portsmouth

Canon David Hopgood (Co Chair)


Jacob Hoare (Co Chair)

Bishop’s Waltham

Canon PJ Smith


Fr James McAuley


Mr Bernard Davis (Trustee)


Mr Frits Janssen


Dr Angela Nunn


Mr Clive Field


Mrs Heather Hauschild