Father Stephen Sharkey CF (RC)
Father Stephen was born in Glasgow. He has twin sisters who between them have 10 children. After working as a Telecommunications Engineer for eight years predominantly with GEC he entered the National Seminary for Scotland, Scotus College in 1993 where he studied for a Diploma in Philosophy (DipPh) and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in preparation for Ordination as a Roman Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Galloway on 25th June 1999.
Stephen was assistant Priest in Dumfries before becoming Parish Priest of the Parishes of Lockerbie and Moffat. He was a Scottish Prison Service Chaplain serving in both mainstream prisons and a Young Offenders Institute, he was also a Co-Ordinating Hospital Chaplain. Laterally he was Parish Priest in Beith and Dalry, North Ayrshire.
Stephen started his military involvement as a Territorial Army Soldier from 1986 till 1991 and became a Chaplain to West Lowland Army Cadet Force where he served for seven years. Stephen joined the Royal Army Chaplains Department as a Regular Chaplain on 15th September 2008. He is currently Chaplain at Churchill Lines based in St Athan in Wales
He was previously Senior Chaplain Army Training Centre Pirbright, the largest Phase One training establishment in the British Army (Basic Training Center). Assistant Chaplain in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Chaplain to 3rd Battalion, Royal Horse Artillery and 2 Medical Regiment based in Hohne, Germany where he deployed on Op Herrick 19 with 7th Armoured Brigade from September 2013 through until April 2014. Previous to his appointment in British Forces Germany he was Chaplain to 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Cyprus, Episkopi Garrison Chaplain and the only Roman Catholic Chaplain in British Forces Cyprus. He also served in Cyprus with 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster Regiment and with 4 Rifles based in Bulford, Wiltshire returning from Afghanistan on 2nd October 2009 after a four month tour on Op Herrick 10 where he was in Nad Ali, Helmand Provence with 4 Rifles as part of the Election Surge Force.
Stephen’s hobbies include cycling, he has cycled from Glasgow to Santiago De Compostela and Glasgow to Warsaw for various Charities and from his base in Germany to Newcastle as his Regiment rebased from Germany to UK. Stephen has also has moved from a pedal cycle to owning a motorcycle, passing his test in Cyprus. He enjoys Skiing and trying to keep fit.
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Rev Paschal Hanrahan CF
On promotion to CF3 he served as Senior Chaplain 12th Mechanised Brigade, 11th Regiment Royal School of Signals and then completed the Intermediate Command Staff Course at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.
Fr Paschal was awarded a Masters in Theologhy in Chaplaincy Studies from Cardiff University.
On promotion to CF2 he has served with 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East, As Staff Chaplain at Army Headquarters in Andover and most recently as Deputy Assistant Chaplain General and Senior Chaplain 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East.
Fr Paschal is a native of Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland. After studies at St Patrick’s College Maynooth he was ordained to the priesthood in May 1998 for the Diocese of Killaloe.
He was commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplain’s Department in Sep 2005 and on commission served as unit Chaplain with the Queen’s Royal Lancers, the First Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, 7th and 16th Signal Regiments, Third Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and the Irish Guards.
During this time he deployed on Operations in Iraq (Op TELIC IX and XIII) and in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 17b and 18a.