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.

Fr Michael Fava CBE QHC VE

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

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

Chaplains

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain

Rev. Fr Michael Fava CBE QHC

Regular Commissions

Deputy Chaplain General:
Rev. Michael Fava (Portsmouth) 27 Jan 97

Chaplains 2nd Class:


Rev. Ian J Stevenson (Paisley) 03 Sep 01
Rev. Paschal J Hanrahan (Killaloe) 26 Sep 05
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)

ESTABLISHMENTS IN ENGLAND

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

ANDOVER

Rev Michael Fava CBE QHC

Deputy Chaplain General
MOD Chaplains (Army) Blenheim Building,

Ground Floor Zone 1,

IDL 3,

Marlborough Lines,

Monxton Road,

Andover,

SP11 8HT
T: 01264 887170
E: Michael.fava553@mod.gov.uk

BIRMINGHAM

Rev. David Smith
Chaplain,

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine,

Level 2, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham,

Mindelsohn Way,

Edgbaston,

Birmingham

B15 2WB
T: 0121 371 5310
E: David.smith229@mod.gov.uk

BULFORD, Wilts

Church: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Served from Tidworth

CATTERICK, North Yorks


St Joan of Arc,

Hipswell Road,

Catterick Garrison

OL9 3BP

Rev. Paul McCourt

Chaplain LD,

Gaza Barracks,

Catterick Garrison

DL9 4AU

T: 01748 874084
E: Paul.mccourt882@mod.gov.uk

Officiating Chaplain:

Rev Tim Forbes-Turner

E: mugwump111@btinternet.com

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

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

RUTLAND

Rev. Paschal Hanrahan
Senior Chaplain,

HQ 7th Infantry Brigade & HQ East,

B-90 Kendrew Bks,

Cottesmore,

Rutland

LE15 7BL
T: 01572 812241 ext 7146
E: paschal.hanrahan985@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

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