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Welcome to the Royal Air Force Catholic Chaplaincy pages of the Bishopric website. It is truly an exciting time to be a Catholic, and indeed a Catholic Chaplain, in the Royal Air Force. As Principal Catholic Chaplain (RAF) I am truly blessed to be surrounded by amazing people, lay and clergy, who are bursting with love for God and who are passionate about sharing with each other their Catholic faith.

Some friends and I wish to share with you something of the Catholic ethos and mission that we enjoy and seek to promote among the RAF family. You will be introduced to some active groups and associations who are hard at work making God's love known and a lived experience.


I hope you will gain an insight into many of the initiatives, activities and events that are happening. These range from single Service Catholic, or single Service ecumenical; from Tri-Service Catholic, or Tri-Service ecumenical; also shared events between military chaplaincy and civilian churches. 

Let me  finish this welcome by saying that the Church is indeed alive within the RAF community and that the Holy Spirit is dynamically at work among us, helping us to bring the message of Jesus Christ to those we encounter. Enjoy what you discover here and do get in touch, whether to simply say hello or to ask for prayers to be said, or of course to get involved in the life of Catholic mission in the Royal Air Force.


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

Deacon Dave Skillen 

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain


"Our Newsletters are intended to inform and give insight so as to extend a warm welcome and encourage greater participation in the life of the RAF Catholic community and wider diocesan family of the Bishopric of the Forces,

to which we belong."

Deacon Dave Skillen

Principal RC Chaplain, RAF 

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Some of the PAG pictured here with Bishop Paul at Douai Abbey during our 24 hour period of reflection and prayer, and one of our quarterly meetings. 




Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain Royal Air Force Rev Deacon (Sqn Ldr) David E. Skillen


RAF Chaplains

Rev Deacon David Skillen (Lancaster)

Rev Deacon Neil Galloway (Middleborough)

Rev James Mealy (Birmingham)

Fr Anthony Curran (Westminster)


Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Wg Cdr Jeremy Wynne (RTD) Email:


COSFORD, Wolverhampton

Rev (Sqn Ldr) James Mealy RAF Chaplaincy Centre RAF Cosford Wolverhampton WV7 3EX Email:


Lincoln Rev (Sqn Ldr) Neil Galloway MBE

RAF Chaplains Office

RAF Digby Lincoln LN4 3LH Email:



Rev Deacon (Sqn Ldr) David E. Skillen RAF Station Chaplain, The Chaplaincy Centre RAF Odiham, Hook, Hampshire RG29 1QT Email:



Oxfordshire Defense Academy of the United Kingdom Sunday Mass 09:30, Church of St Alban

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