• Pope Francis appoints Bishop Paul Mason as Bishop of the Forces

    Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Paul Mason as eighth Bishop of the Forces, which has been sede vacante (awaiting the appointment of a bishop) for the past three years. The Catholic Bishopric of the Forces differs from any other diocese in that it is not aligned along geographical boundaries

  • Archbishop celebrates logisticians’ long service and good conduct

    Archbishop Peter Smith, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, presented Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to four soldiers from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. The LSGC Medal is given to soldiers who have served for 15 years with a clean disciplinary record. The Archbishop made

  • RC Chaplains’ CPD – AFCC, Amport House, 2-5 July 2018

    For this reason I bow my knees before the Father. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints…the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, and that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3: 14, 18-19) From Monday 2nd July until

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    60th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes

    Celebrating six decades of reconciliation and peace between the nations of the world, and commemorating the 160th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St Bernadette, the 350-strong United Kingdom Contingent took part in the latest annual gathering of military personnel that is the IMP. Alongside the Regular serving

  • Funeral arrangements for Bishop Francis Joseph Walmsley CBE RIP

    The body of Bishop Francis, who died on 26th December 2017, age 91, will be received into the Forces Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George, Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2BY at 1700hrs on Monday, 22nd January by Bishop Richard Moth. The Reception will be followed by a Vigil

  • Bishop Francis Joseph Walmsley CBE RIP

    Bishop Francis Walmsley died peacefully on 26 December 2017 at St John’s Convent, Kiln Green, Reading where he had lived since his retirement as Bishop of the Forces in 2002. Because of the holiday season it will be some days yet before funeral arrangements can be made. Details will be

  • New Regular Army Chaplain

    On Thursday the 21st of Sept at a Service led by the Deputy Chaplain General Fr Patrick O’Driscoll was welcomed into the Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept. The Gospel was for the Feast of the Apostle St Matthew and fittingly spoke of not only the call of Matthew but the ministry

  • Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress “Adoremus” – Liverpool 2018

    The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool next year from the Friday the 7th until Sunday the 9th of September Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in

  • RAF Retreat at Belmont Abbey

    Monday 19 June saw a small group of RAF personnel, from various branches and trades, gathering at Belmont Abbey near Hereford, to take part in the RAF RC Retreat Jun 17. Five of the group had previously attended a retreat, but for 2 it was their first experience of the

  • World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018

    The World Meeting of Families 2018 (WMOF2018) will be held in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018 on the theme of ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. Pope Francis intends WMF18 to be a great meeting of families which, rooted in Amoris Laetitia, will provide a