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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

Naval Catholic Community News

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Sunday 14th November 2021 at 1000 Remembrance Sunday Mass in Westminster Cathedral - Dress 1B

 

Tuesday 5th April 2022 Bishopric Chrism Mass in Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Aldershot (Time tbc)

 

Pilgrimages

 

HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes 16th - 23rd April 2022

 

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

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NEW DEPUTY CHAPLAIN OF THE FLEET

Many congratulations to our Principal Chaplain, 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.

 

AWARD OF PAPAL KNIGHTHOOD

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.

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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 AB Tony Deans RN who was received into the Catholic Church and Confirmed by Bishop Paul on Easter Sunday 2021 at HMS Collingwood. Our picture shows Bishop Paul andTony 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 Daniel Hernandez RN (Gibraltar) 

Officiating Chaplains to the Military (OCM)

Reverend Jean-Patrice Coulon

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)  

ESTABLISHMENTS IN PORTSMOUTH & PASTORAL AREA EAST

Naval Chaplaincy Service Headquarters

HMS Excellent

Very Reverend David Conroy QHC VE RN

Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet

NCS Headquarters,

Tanner Building, HMS Excellent,

Portsmouth, Hampshire

PO2 8ER

E: david.conroy977@mod.gov.uk

HMS Nelson 

HM Naval Base Portsmouth

Surface Flotilla (East)

Reverend Robert Matau RN

E. Robert.matau100@mod.gov.uk 

Reverend Thomas Bakulumpagi RN

E. Thomas.Bakulumpagi100@mod.gov.uk 

The Chaplaincy, Rodney Block

HMS Nelson, HM Naval Base Portsmouth

PO1 3HH

T: 02392 723000

HMS Collingwood

 

Commander Ian Crabtree KSG RN (rtd)

The Chaplaincy. HMS Collingwood,

Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire

PO14 1AS

T: 07773 155245

E: ian.crabtree277@mod.gov.uk

ESTABLISHMENTS IN DEVONPORT & PASTORAL AREA WEST

HMS Drake

HM Naval Base Devonport 


OCM: Reverend Mgr Bartholomew Nannery

The Chaplaincy, Fisher Block,

HMS Drake, HMNB Devonport,

PL2 2BG

T: 01752 555931

E: bnannery2014@gmail.com

Surface Flotilla (West)

Reverend Charles Miller RN

The Chaplaincy, Fisher Block,

HMS Drake, HMNB Devonport,

PL2 2BG

T: 01752 555931

E. charles.miller982@mod.gov.uk 

Britannia Royal Naval College

Under the care of the Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain, RN

 

Under Training: 

Reverend Philip Carroll

Reverend Jude Okorie

Reverend Rob Carey


The Chaplaincy, BRNC,

College Way, Dartmouth, Devon,

TQ6 0HJ

T: 01803 677021

HMS Raleigh

 

Reverend Victor Dakwan RN

The Chaplaincy, HMS Raleigh,

Torpoint, Cornwall 

PL11 2PD

T: 01752 811225
E: Victor.Dakwan100@mod.gov.uk 

 

HMS Heron

RN Air Station Yeovilton


OCM: Reverend Jean-Patrice Coulon

The Chaplaincy, RNAS Yeovilton,

Yeovilton, Somerset

BA22 8HT
(Served from The Holy Ghost Church,

The Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4AR)

T: 01935 423549

E: jpcmsfs@yahoo.co.uk

Commando Logistics Regiment Royal Marines

OCM: Reverend Deacon Philip Waites

The Chaplaincy, CDO LOG REGT RM, 

Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon 

EX31 4AZ

T: 01271 879344
E: Philwaites@uwclub.net

ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE NORTH WEST

HMS Eaglet

RNHQ Merseyside


OCM: Reverend David Gamble
The Chaplaincy, HMS Eaglet, 

RNHQ Merseyside, 

East Brunswick Dock, Liverpool

L3 4DZ

T: 0151 929 2149

E: d.gamble@rcaolp.co.uk

 

JOINT SERVICE

HQBF Gibraltar

Reverend Danny Hernandez RN
Command Chaplain, The King’s Chapel, 

Main Street, Gibraltar 

BFPO 52

T: 00350 2005 5414
E: Daniel.Hernandez830@mod.gov.uk

ESTABLISHMENTS IN SCOTLAND

HMS Neptune

HM Naval Base Clyde

 

OCM: Reverend Michael Maloney

The Chaplaincy, HMS Neptune,

HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Helensburgh,

Argyll & Bute, Scotland

G84 8HL

T: 01436 674321 Ext 8266

E: Michael.Maloney102@mod.gov.uk