Our Mission: To provide the very best operational, spiritual and pastoral support, primarily for Catholic servicemen and women (and their families) and chaplains, wherever, whenever and in whatever form it is needed. Additionally, to respond to the needs of anyone of any creed or none, who turns to a Catholic chaplain for support.

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Bishop's Welcome

Bishop Paul Mason

 

Welcome to the website of the Roman Catholic Bishopric of Her Majesty's Armed Forces. We are a Roman Catholic diocese whose boundaries are not geographical but take us wherever the British Military are serving. As you may imagine, that makes us a particularly large diocese. 

 

Providing pastoral ministry to our Armed Forces is essential. It is a concrete example of the Church’s outreach in bearing witness to Christ which we endeavour to achieve in a military environment. Pope Francis tells us the Church should be like a Field Hospital. Well, in our case that can, of course, be taken literally. Our chaplains are to be found in the most challenging of times and places bringing prayer, sacraments, friendship and fellowship to those they serve. 

 

As you browse the pages of this website you will discover much about life in the Bishopric and its work in the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force. You will meet our chaplains and gain some insight into life as a Catholic in the military. You can read about our pilgrimages, retreats, associations and groups, and perhaps find something you would like to join.

As Bishop of the Forces I witness on a daily basis the faith and selfless commitment of so many dedicated servicemen and women, whether at work on their home unit in the UK or while serving overseas. The personal sacrifices they make along with the selfless support of their loved ones means we can all be safe. Just as Christ came “not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” so our military can offer a powerful example of selfless service.

 

If you are seeking opportunities to live out your Catholic faith with others in the Forces community, I hope these pages will help you navigate the many and varied activities we provide. Even if you are a not a Catholic yourself our chaplains are there to be alongside and support you. If you are a deacon or priest interested in becoming a military Chaplain, or perhaps you are interested in becoming a Catholic, I warmly invite you to get in touch with any of the contacts you discover as you browse the various pages.

With every prayer & blessing,

 

+Paul

IMP 2022

News and photographs of this year's International Military Pilgrimage can be found here. 

63rd INTERNATIONAL MILITARY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

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Next year's Pilgrimage dates are:

11 - 15 May 2023

Make a note in your diary!

 

Fr Bernard Funnell (1933-2022)

Bernard Anscar Funnell was born on 13 July 1933. Following National Service, mainly in Germany, he studied for the priesthood at the English College in Lisbon (founded in 1624 and closed in 1973). During his time there the President of the College was another Leeds priest, Mgr. James Sullivan (1903-1999). Fr Bernard was ordained in Lisbon on 8 June 1963.

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Recruitment 

A new addition has been made to our 'Become A Chaplain' page that details a step-by-step on how to join the Armed Forces as a Chaplain.

'Become A Chaplain' also features podcasts, individual forces links and general over view into life as a Military Forces Chaplain

For the latest RAF Chaplains' Branch Brochure, full of information for those interested in joining the RAF as a Chaplain, click HERE.

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You can navigate too a number of our pages here, simply click on the titles of each page!