• The Royal Army Chaplains Department welcomes a new Catholic Chaplain

    Yesterday at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre at Amport House during a Service of Commissioning the Deputy Chaplain General welcomed Fr Lee Bennett CF into the RAChD. Fr Lee is a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and has joined the Department from New Hall School

  • Bishopric Chrism Mass

    Yesterday Bishop Paul, the Clergy and the laity of the Bishopric gathered for the Mass of Chrism at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George in Aldershot. This is the Mass at which the oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Chrism are blessed

  • 2 Bishopric Medals Present at Church House, Germany

    Yesterday Bishop Paul presented Bishopric Medals to Mrs Julie Robinson and Sgt George Vesi in recognition for their support to the Catholic British Forces Community in Germany. Julie has for over the last year been working alongside Fr Ian Evans as the Chaplain’s Branch BFG Drawdown Officer. Before Bishop Paul presented her

  • Address for the Receiving of the “Royal” Prefix Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks

    While the Army Chaplains Dept was formed in 1796, it was in 1919 that it received the “Royal” prefix. It is what we commemorate today. The courage and sacrifice of the padres in the Great War earned them this honour from King George V. Almost four and a half thousand

  • Centenary of the RAChD ‘Royal’ Prefix

    Yesterday Her Majesty The Queen and member of the Royal Army Chaplains Department gathered at the Guard’s Chapel in London. To mark the centenary of when His Majesty King George V bestowed the Prefix ‘Royal’ on the then Army Chaplains’ Department in recognition of its outstanding service and sacrifice during the

  • Anniversary of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Memorial Church, Catterick Garrison

    On 30 May 2019, the 90th Anniversary of the founding of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Memorial Church, Catterick Garrison, will be commemorated with Mass, celebrated by the Right Reverend Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces.  From its inception, the church was intended as a national Catholic Memorial Church, for

  • Fr Gerry Weston – Last Army Chaplain to be killed by Hostile Action

    On this day, February 22, 1972, Father Gerard Weston CF, chaplains with the Paratroop Regiment in Belfast, died along with six civilians when the Irish Republican Army detonated a car bomb at Aldershot. It was the first major act of war against the British Army on English soil. Father Gerry

  • Searching for the light of Christ

    I was bought a telescope a few years ago when I lived in London. Looking at the stars was an exercise in futility. Far too much light pollution in London. Even out in Hampshire I fair little better. To see the stars you need a dark place. The world’s largest

  • Military Chaplains: Ministering on the ‘front lines’ of the faith

    The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I is being remembered the world over on Sunday. A Military Bishop reflects on the role of military chaplains during peace time. “We can have these ideas that the [military chaplain] spends most of his life knee deep in blood on

  • Roll of Honour WW1

    To Catholics who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces, the presence of a chaplain is a reminder of the Church’s concern for the spiritual and pastoral welfare of military personnel and their dependents. Catholic priests had been serving as commissioned chaplains since 1858 but the First