• The website poster

    Coming soon to a noticeboard near you!! To help publicise news and resources within the Catholic Forces Bishopric , there’s a new, easier to remember web address for everyone to use – RCforces.uk. This takes you straight  to the Bishopric Homepage which will have a steady flow of information and

  • Reflecting on this year’s International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes

    Fifty Ninth International Military Pilgrimage To Lourdes 18-22 May 2017 Dona Nobis Pacem   More than two hundred pilgrims with our priests gathered to fly out To Lourdes to follow St Bernadette and her humble simplicity. Raining on arrival, sunshine to follow no doubt, Security paramount these days, so no

  • Deployment to Estonia

    Fr Pip Smith is currently deployed with the 5 Rifles Battle Group as part of NATO to Estonia. 5 Rifles are the first Battle Group as part of a 5 year UK commitment. This is Fr Pip’s first formal deployment having joined the Regular RAChD in 2015. He writes: “It’s

  • Pope Francis Prays for London

    Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of the Saturday evening terror attacks in London, as well as for the families of the victims. The prayers of the Holy Father came at the end of Mass on Pentecost Sunday, during the course of remarks to the faithful gathered in St.

  • Day for Life – 18th June 2017

    In October it will be 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales. That anniversary will be marked in various ways. This year’s Day for Life provides us with an opportunity to pray for and remember all lives lost before birth and to offer

  • Pope Francis wants to hear from young people

    Pope Francis has called for a  2018 Vatican Synod to look at the theme of  “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” In preparation for this the Catholic Church in England and Wales is consulting with young people and those who regularly engage with them in preparation for a gathering

  • Bishops issue election guidance with encouragement to vote

    The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a letter to Catholics on the forthcoming general election, which will be distributed in parishes across all dioceses this weekend. The letter is an encouragement to all Catholics to play an active part in the election. While voting for any particular political

  • Pope Francis prays for Manchester victims

    Pope Francis has sent a telegram condemning the Manchester Arena attack and expressing his condolences in light of the “injury and tragic loss of life”. His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester and

  • International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes

    The 59th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes begins like any other trip at an airport as the Tri-service UK Contingent begin their journey. In Lourdes they will be joined by some 20,000 service personnel from around the world for four days of prayer and reflection. It is also a chance

  • The English Bishop with a Diocese ten times the size of Britain

    Father John McWilliam,  former soldier in the British Army,  who was ordained a priest in 1992 has been appointed by Pope Francis as a Bishop in Algeria.  Now 68 years old, he will be ordained at Worth Abbey to serve a Diocese which is 10 times the size of Britain.