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.
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,
Stories & Features
There are still places available to attend the Bishopric Retreat at Worth Abbey, near Crawley, West Sussex between 4 and 7 Oct 2021. Places open to the Whole Force, veterans and the spouses of these groups. Please contact RAFprccpastoralassistant457@outlook.com for more info.
RAF ANNUAL MASS - 21 OCT 21
The inaugural Annual Mass for the RAF RC Community at St Clement Danes will take place on Thu 21 Oct 21 in the presence of Bishop Paul Mason and the RAF Chaplain in Chief. All are most welcome to attend.
'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.
Many thanks to the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, who kindly invited me to visit HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in the Eastern Mediterranean last week. From RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus it took just over an hour by helicopter to reach the carrier. Upon arrival
Congratulations to Fr Paschal Hanrahan PRCC(A) and Fr PJ O’Driscoll who completed a 145km cycle to raise funds for the Museum of Army Chaplaincy and awareness of the ministry and work of chaplains in the Army.
It's time for prayer.
Nine days, linking up in prayerful support for the Kabul relief effort and all those who served in Afghanistan in the past.
The Association Prayer Community has been praying individual prayer requests for soldiers currently in Afghanistan since Op Pitting began. However, following the suicide attacks today in Kabul, it is clear that unified prayer for everyone involved is required.
Please join us in praying a novena for those in the Kabul relief effort and all those who served in Afghanistan in the past.
Our people on the ground with the Parachute Regiment and 16 Air Assault Brigade, our people supporting the air bridge, and our people back at RAF Brize Norton are all working hard and bearing their burdens. It is emotionally draining work.
Many who've previously served in Afghanistan are bearing their burdens too. A sudden withdrawal and sudden defeat of the ANA raises uncomfortable questions.
For the sick:
Fr John Ryan, former Royal Navy Catholic Chaplain.
For those who have died:
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow (13 January 2021)
Bishop Vincent Logan, Bishop Emeritus of Dunkeld (14 January 2021)
Archbishop Juan del Río Martín, Military Archbishopric of Spain (28 January 2021)