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Royal Navy

Introduction

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 The Very Reverend

David Conroy QHC VE RN,

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain and Vicar Episcopal for the Royal Navy

Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet

Welcome to the Royal Navy section of the Bishopric website where hopefully you will get a flavour of what life is like for our serving Catholic laity and clergy. The Royal Navy is distinct in the way that its chaplains minister to its people, devoid as we are of structured rank. Instead we use the convention that the rank of chaplain ‘floats’ to match the rank of whoever the chaplain is talking to, thus ensuring that the conversation happens between equals. It’s a convention that the Senior Service has used for centuries and it has served us well, allowing Sailors and Royal Marines to use the familiar term ‘Bish’ when addressing their chaplain. 


The Gospels are awash with events that happen on, or close to, the sea. As catholic priests, serving in this challenging but hugely rewarding environment, we seek to make the Gospel of Christ real to our men and women so that they are supported morally, spiritually and emotionally as they serve our great maritime nation. And our catholic serving personnel respond with great enthusiasm and faith. 
For our chaplains this is a specialist ministry. Our naval ‘parish’ is diverse, young and enthusiastic. As well as serving their country our people also face the challenges of everyday life. We are here to be with them on that journey, to celebrate the sacraments with them, to pray with them and to encourage them in their faith. It would give us great comfort to know that you, whoever you are and wherever you may be, are praying for us too, perhaps using the final verse of the naval hymn:

O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren’s shield in danger’s hour;From rock and tempest, fire and foe,Protect them wheresoe’er they go;Thus evermore shall rise to TheeGlad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Finally, if you would like to know more about catholic life in the Royal Navy please feel free to get in touch either with me directly or via our Pastoral Assistant Ian Crabtree  Ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk 


Ian also looks after sacramental preparation, religious and social events. If you would like to be added to our database and receive updates about IMP Lourdes, HCPT etc please let him know. 

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

Naval Catholic Community News

Naval Catholic Community News

For the latest News see the News page
Future Events

Tuesday 5th April at 1200 - Bishopric Chrism Mass in Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Aldershot

Sunday 10th July at 1000 - Annual Naval Mass in Portsmouth Cathedral

Sunday 17th July at 1000 - Annual Naval Mass in Plymouth Cathedral

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th November - Remembrance weekend in London

Sunday 13th November at 1000 - Solemn Requiem Mass for the Fallen in Westminster Cathedral

 

Pilgrimages

Regrettably, the Easter HCPT Childrens Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 2022 has been cancelled owing to the pandemic

International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes 12th - 16th May 2022

 
Sacraments

BAPTISMS

Welcome to our Catholic Community

Caleb James Hume and Agnes Jese Masirewa

both baptised on 30 October 2021 in St Ann's Church, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, by Fr Tom Bakulumpagi

Harry Thomas Tracey

baptised on 4 September 2021 in St Ann's Church, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, by Fr David Conroy

Thomas Leslie Carson

baptised on 4 September 2021 in Southwick Park Memorial Church, Southwick Park, Portsmouth, by Fr David Conroy

Dylan Graham Calligan and Teddy Alexander Smith

baptised on 29 August 2021 in Church of St George with St Gabriel, HMS Collingwood, Fareham, by Bishop Paul Mason

Albert Lawrence Ker and Florence Ita Lazenby Wright  

baptised on 29 May 2021 in St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, by Fr David Conroy

Arthur Thornhill

baptised on 22 May 2021 in St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, by Fr David Conroy

CONFIRMATIONS

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Welcome and congratulations to LET Zach Oakes-White RN who was baptised and Confirmed by Bishop Paul on 6 April 2022 at HMS Collingwood. Our picture shows Bishop Paul, Zach and Fr David Conroy on the Sanctuary of the Church of St Michael with St Gabriel.

May he be strengthened

by our prayers

for his new life in Christ.

MARRIAGES

Congratulations

Lt Michael Kilgallon RN and Miss Lucy Skyrme

who were married in St Ann's Church, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth,

on 25 September 2021 by Fr David Conroy

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Chaplains

Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain

and Vicar Episcopal for the Royal Navy

The Very Reverend David Conroy QHC VE RN (Galloway) 

Chaplains

Reverend Robert Matau RN (Westminster)

Reverend Victor Dakwan RN (c/o Nottingham)

Reverend Thomas Bakulumpagi RN (Southwark)

Reverend Charles Miller RN (Birmingham) 

Reverend Philip Carroll RN (Portsmouth)

Reverend Jude Okorie RN (Edinburgh)

Reverend Rob Carey RN (Birmingham)

Reverend Daniel Hernandez RN (Gibraltar) 

Officiating Chaplains to the Military (OCM)

Reverend Jean-Patrice Coulon

Reverend Deacon John Cumpsty

Reverend David Gamble

Reverend John Humphreys

Reverend Michael Maloney

Reverend Mgr Bartholomew Nannery

Reverend Deacon Philip Waites

Pastoral Assistant

Commander Ian Crabtree KSG RN (Rtd)  

 

 

 

 

Naval Chaplaincy Service Headquarters

Very Reverend David Conroy QHC VE RN

Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet

E: david.conroy977@mod.gov.uk

NCS Headquarters,

Tanner Building, HMS Excellent,

Portsmouth, Hampshire

PO2 8ER

Surface Flotilla

Reverend Robert Matau RN

E. Robert.matau100@mod.gov.uk 

c/o HMNB Portsmouth Chaplaincy

Reverend Thomas Bakulumpagi RN

E. Thomas.Bakulumpagi100@mod.gov.uk 

c/o HMNB Portsmouth Chaplaincy

Reverend Charles Miller RN

E. charles.miller982@mod.gov.uk 

c/o HMNB Devonport Chaplaincy

HM Naval Base Clyde

Reverend Jude Okorie RN

E: jude.okorie100@mod.gov.uk

OCM: Reverend Michael Maloney

E: Michael.Maloney102@mod.gov.uk

The Chaplaincy, HMS Neptune,

HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Helensburgh,

Argyll & Bute, Scotland

G84 8HL

T: 01436 674321 Ext 8266

 

HM Naval Base Devonport

OCM: Reverend Mgr Bartholomew Nannery

E: bnannery2014@gmail.com

The Chaplaincy, Fisher Block,

HMS Drake, HMNB Devonport,

PL2 2BG

T: 01752 555931

HM Naval Base Portsmouth

 

OCM: Reverend John Humphreys

OCM: Reverend Deacon John Cumpsty

The Chaplaincy, Rodney Block,

HMS Nelson, Queen Street,

Portsmouth, Hampshire

PO1 3HH

T: 02392 723000

Britannia Royal Naval College

Care of the Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain, RN

The Chaplaincy, BRNC,

College Way, Dartmouth, Devon,

TQ6 0HJ

T: 01803 677021

Commando Logistics Regiment Royal Marines

OCM: Reverend Deacon Philip Waites

E: Philwaites@uwclub.net

 

The Chaplaincy, CDO LOG REGT RM, 

Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon 

EX31 4AZ

T: 01271 879344

Commando Training Centre Royal Marines

 Reverend Philip Carroll RN

E: Philip.Carroll112@mod.gov.uk

 

The Chaplaincy, CTCRM,

Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon

EX8 5AR

T: 01392 414178

HMS Collingwood

Reverend Rob Carey RN

E: robert.carey104@mod.gov.uk 

Commander Ian Crabtree KSG RN (rtd)

E: ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk

The Chaplaincy. HMS Collingwood,

Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire

PO14 1AS

T: 01329 335277

HMS Eaglet

OCM: Reverend David Gamble

E: d.gamble@rcaolp.co.uk

The Chaplaincy, HMS Eaglet, 

RNHQ Merseyside, 

East Brunswick Dock, Liverpool

L3 4DZ

T: 0151 929 2149

HMS Raleigh

Reverend Victor Dakwan RN

E: Victor.Dakwan100@mod.gov.uk 

The Chaplaincy, HMS Raleigh,

Torpoint, Cornwall 

PL11 2PD

T: 01752 811225

RN Air Station Yeovilton

OCM: Reverend Jean-Patrice Coulon

E: jpcmsfs@yahoo.co.uk

The Chaplaincy HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton,

Yeovil, Somerset

BA22 8HT
(Served from The Holy Ghost Church,

The Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4AR)

T: 01935 423549

HQBF Gibraltar

Reverend Danny Hernandez RN

E: Daniel.Hernandez830@mod.gov.uk

Command Chaplain, The King’s Chapel, 

Main Street, Gibraltar 

BFPO 52

T: 00350 2005 5414

 

 

 

Chaplaincies