Three New Catholic Chaplains for the Royal Navy
4 January 2022
Congratulations to Frs Phil Carroll and Jude Okorie for successfully completing their initial training at BRNC and passing out from the college during the last week of the autumn term. The photograph shows the two newest chaplains with the Principal RC Chaplain and Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet, Fr David Conroy, and Fr Charles Miller, dressed in his cassock, who passed out of BRNC in July and has recently returned from sea service in the Gulf with HMS MONTROSE. Fr Jude will start his ministry in Scotland with the Faslane Flotilla and Fr Phil at Commando Training Centre Lympstone. Fr Charles continues his ministry with the Surface Flotilla (West) based in Devonport.
Fr Phil commented "Looking back on my time at BRNC it was certainly a very challenging experience but what a gift. To have the opportunity to do something completely different, to meet new people, learn new skills, and above all to practice my priestly ministry in a totally different environment has been wonderful. In an environment that would predominantly be secular, I have found a great deal of curiosity about the faith but real respect and appreciation for the ministry of the chaplaincy. I feel immensely blessed to have been given this opportunity and pray that the Lord may help me to continue to find Him in the young men and women whom I am called to work with next".
PRCC(N) appointed New Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet
22 October 2021
Many congratulations to Fr David Conroy QHC VE RN, who will assume the role of Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet (DCOTF) from 29th October 2021, taking over from Rev Martin Evans RN.
Fr David's office will be in the Naval Chaplaincy Service (NCS) Headquarters in Tanner Building, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth. He will continue in his role as PRCC(N).
This is the first time that a Catholic Chaplain has been selected for one of the two top posts in the NCS.
Pastoral Assistant awarded Papal Knighthood
10 July 2021
Cdr Ian Crabtree RN has been made a Knight of the Papal Order St Gregory the Great in recognition of his services to the Catholic Church.
Bishop Paul Mason invested Ian with his award on 7th July 2021 in a Mass being celebrated to conclude the Catholic Chaplains' annual conference at Wonersh Seminary.
Further information on Papal awards can be found here.