Army

Introduction

Welcome to the Army section of the Forces’ Bishopric web-site. As current Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Army it is my pleasure to invite you to explore the contribution of serving Catholic personnel who enrich the life of the Army by their faithful presence, and to learn more about the ministry of Catholic clergy who minister across the Army community within units, brigades, divisions, and garrisons. Army chaplains support service personnel of all ranks together with their families, alongside the extensive network of civilian support staff who work across defence. The fundamental basis of ministry to the Army has not changed in centuries despite technological advances. It is rooted in the Gospel precepts which were so well summarised by the famed World War 1 chaplain, the Reverend Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy MC, who pointed out that personnel will forgive anything in a chaplain but lack of courage and devotion, and so urged them to approach soldiers with love in their hearts, and while living alongside them, “Laugh with them. Joke with them. You can pray with them sometimes, but pray for them always.”

 

Chaplains are fortunate to carry the baton of faith and service passed to them by generations of such illustrious predecessors for over 200 years, and so minister to those in adversity and danger in our present challenging times. The profile of Catholic personnel in the Army is widespread and respected, and opportunities to gather and celebrate our faith together feature throughout the year – most notably at the annual International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes every May. I hope that what you learn here of our Army life and faith will interest and inspire you. Please pray for our chaplains and for our service personnel. Our wonderful, gifted, and diverse community welcomes your interest, but especially your prayers. Thank you.

Rev Paschal Hanrahan CF

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Army) and Assistant Chaplain General to HM’s Land Forces.

Click here to find out about becoming a Catholic Chaplain in the Armed Forces.

Chaplains

ARMY CHAPLAINS


Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain
Rev. Paschal J Hanrahan


Regular Commissions


Chaplains 1 st Class:


Rev. Paschal J Hanrahan (Killaloe) 26 Sep 05


Chaplains 2nd Class:


Rev. Ian J Stevenson (Paisley) 03 Sep 01
Rev. Mgr Canon Robert Corrigan (Clifton) 15th Sept 08


Chaplains 3rd Class:


Rev. Donald J Cumming (Glasgow) 13 Oct 97 01
Rev. David G S Smith (East Anglia) 23 Sep 02
Rev. Daren G Brown (Nottingham) 10 Jan 05
Rev. Stephen Sharkey (Galloway) 15 Sept 08
Rev. Paul McCourt (Hexham & Newcastle) Sept 14
Rev. Mgr John F Nelson (Portsmouth) Sept 18


Chaplains 4th Class:


Rev. Philip Smith (Southwark) Sept 15
Rev. Patrick O’Driscoll (Cloyne) Sept 17


Reserve Chaplains


Rev. Duane Reilly (Leeds)


Army Cadet Force


Rev. Anthony Cornforth (Hexham and Newcastle);
Rev. Dr Gerard Fieldhouse Byrne (Salford)
Rev. D A Gamble (Liverpool);
Rev. Kevin Dow (Edinburgh);
Rev. John Moriarty (Lancaster)
Rev. Francis J Lynch (Wrexham)


ALDERSHOT, Hants


The Cathedral Church of St Michael & St George
Dean: Rev. Nicholas Gosnell VG
St Michael’s House, Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot GU11 2BY
T: 01252 315042
E: stmichael.stgeorge@live.co.uk


Rev. Mgr Robert Corrigan
HQ 11 Inf Bde & SE, Roebuck House, Cravans Road, Aldershot GU11 2LQ
T: 01252 347824
E: robert.corrigan566@mod.gov.uk


BULFORD, Wilts


Rev. Paschal Hanrahan
Assistant Chaplain General

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Sunday Mass 10:30
HQ 3 (UK) Div, Picton Barracks, Bulford Camp, SP4 9NY

T: 01980 672954
E: Paschal.Hanrahan985@mod.gov.uk



CATTERICK, North Yorks,


Rev. Paul McCourt
Chaplain LD, Gaza Barracks, Catterick Garrison DL9 4AU
T: 01748 874084
E: Paul.mccourt882@mod.gov.uk

 


Chaplain Rev. David Smith
2ITB, Helles Barracks, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4HH
T: 01748 873849
E: David.Smith229@mod.gov.uk
Church: St Joan of Arc


CHATHAM, Kent


Officiating Chaplain: Rev. G Dyer
E: gfpd1961@gmail.com


DONNINGTON


Rev. Ian Stevenson
DACG 11 Sig Bde & HQ, West Midlands, Venning Barracks, Donnington, Telford TF2 8LF
T: 01952 673672
E: Ian.Stevenson947@mod.gov.uk


EPISKOPI – CYPRUS


Rev Mgr John Nelson
Chaplain, 2 Mercian, Salamanca Barracks, Episkopi Garrison BFPO 53
T: 00357 2596 2080
E: John.Nelson856@mod.gov.uk


HARROGATE


Officiating Chaplain: Rev Stephen Webb
E: Stephen.webb@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


LIVERPOOL – Altcar


Army Training Unit NW
Officiating Chaplain: Rev David Gamble
E: d.gamble@rcaopl.co.uk
LONDON, Wellington Barracks
Officiating Chaplain: Rev. Nicholas Gosnell
E: stmichael.stgeorge@live.co.uk


MARKET DRAYTON


1 Royal Irish
Officiating Chaplain: Rev Canon Jonathan Mitchell
E: frjohmitchell@cantab.net

LECONFIELD


Rev Daren Brown
Chaplain
Defence School of Transport, Normandy Barracks, Leconfield HU17 7LX
T: 01904 665432
E: Daren.Brown688@mod.gov.uk


PIRBRIGHT, Surrey


Army Training Centre (P) Alexander Barracks, Pirbright, Woking GU24
Served from Sandhurst


RIPON


Rev. Donald J Cumming
Chaplain, 21 Engr Regt, Claro Barracks, Ripon HG4 2RD
T: 01765 632304
E: Donald.cumming103@mod.gov.uk


SANDHURST, Berks


Rev. Pip Smith
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4PQ
T: 01276 412223
E: Phillip.smith168@mod.gov.uk


THORNEY ISLAND

West Sussex
12 Regt and 16 Regt RA
Officiating Chaplain: Rev. John Humphreys TD
E: Fatherjohn01@gmail.com


TIDWORTH, Hants


Rev. PJ O’Driscoll
Chaplain 1 RRF Mooltan Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire SP9 7EN
T: 01980 651468
E: Patrick.Odriscoll100@mod.gov.uk
Church: St Patrick & St George, Sunday Mass 09:00

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