Diocese of Portsmouth

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Diocese of Portsmouth, Bishop`s House, Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 1DE

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Philip Egan - Bishop
Rev Canon Paul James (PJ) Smith - Episcopal Vicar for Education
Rev Canon David Hopgood - Vicar General
Rev Canon James McAuley - Vicar General
Rev Benjamin Theobald - Episcopal Vicar
Rev Mark Hogan - Episcopal Vicar
Rev Gaston Afah - Episcopal Vicar
Rev Canon Simon Thomson - Vicar Judicial
Miss Catherine Hobbs - Director of Schools
Stephen Morgan - Finance Director


Correspondence AddressDiocese of Portsmouth
Bishop`s House
Edinburgh Road
External Link to Diocese of Portsmouth`s Website: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.ukwww.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Blessed Dominic Barberi, Central and East Berkshire
Blessed John Body, North Hampshire
Saint John Henry Newman, Central Hampshire
Saint Edmund Campion, Old Berkshire
Saint John XXIII, West Solent
St Wilfrid, South East Hampshire
Stella Maris, Southampton
Saints Helier and Sampson, The Channel Islands
Saint Boniface, Isle of Wight

Catholic Parishes

Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth
Corpus Christi and St Joseph, Portsmouth
Our Lady of Lourdes and St Swithun, Portsmouth
St Colman and St Paul, Portsmouth
Christ the King, Reading
English Martyrs, Reading
St Joseph, Reading
Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi, Earley
St James and St William of York, Reading
The Sacred Heart and St Therese of Lisieux, Ringwood
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and St Michael, Ryde
Holy Family, Southampton
The Immaculate Conception, Portswood
St Joseph and St Edmund, Southampton
Christ the King and St Colman, Southampton
St Boniface, Southampton
St Patrick, Southampton
St Vincent de Paul, Southampton
St Michael and St Oswald, Tadley
Our Lady of the Assumption, Thatcham
St Saviour, Totland Bay
St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Totton
St Thomas More, Our Lady of Peace, Chapel of Christ the Redeemer, Twyford
St John the Evangelist, Wallingford
St John Vianney and The Sacred Heart, Wantage and Lambourn
The Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle, Waterlooville
St Peter & The Winchester Martyrs, Winchester
St Edward and St Mark, Windsor
Corpus Christi, Wokingham
St John Bosco, Woodley
Our Lady & St Bernadette, St Luke, St Mary, Douai Abbey, Woolhampton
St Swithun and St Thomas More, Yateley and Hartley Wintney
Our Lady of Annunciantion, Sacred Heart, St Bernadette, St Mary and St Peter, St Matthieu, St Patrick, St Thomas, Jersey
The Annunciation, Netley
St John Fisher, Reading
St Swithun Wells, Eastleigh
St Bernard and St Michael, Waterside
St Margaret Mary, Park Gate
Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon, Abingdon
St Anne and St Mary Magdalen, Alderney
St Joseph and St Mary, Aldershot
St Mary, Alton
St John Fisher and St John the Baptist, Andover
St Francis of Assisi, Ascot
Holy Ghost, Basingstoke
St Joseph, Basingstoke
The Sacred Heart, Bordon
The Annunciation and St Edmund Campion, Bournemouth
Corpus Christi, Bournemouth
Our Lady Immaculate, Westbourne
Our Lady Queen of Peace & Blessed Margaret Pole, Southbourne
Sacred Heart, Bournemouth
St Thomas More, Iford
St Joseph and St Margaret Clitherow, Bracknell
St Anne, Brockenhurst
Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Buckland and Faringdon
Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, Christchurch
St Thomas of Canterbury, Cowes
Holy Ghost and The Immaculate Conception, Crowthorne and Sandhurst
English Martyrs, Didcot
St David, East Cowes
Chapel of Blessed Virgin, St Amand and St John the Baptist, St Mary, St Patrick, East Hendred
Sacred Heart, Fareham & Portchester
Our Lady Help of Christians, Farnborough
Our Lady and St Dominic, Farnborough
Our Lady and The Holy Trinity, Fleet and Church Crookham
Our Lady of Sorrows and St Philip Benizi, Fordingbridge
St Columba and St Mary, Gosport
St Joseph, Grayshott
Our Lady and the Saints of Guernsey, Guernsey
St Joseph and St Thomas of Canterbury and St Thomas More, Havant
St Patrick, Hayling Island
Our Lady of the Assumption and St Brigid, Hedge End
Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe
Sacred Heart, Hook
St Edmund, Horndean
Our Lady and St Wilfrid, Sacred Heart, St Patrick, South Wight
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St John the Evangelist, Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent
St Michael and All Angels, Leigh Park
The Immaculate Conception, Liphook
Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph, Lymington
Our Lady of the Assumption and St Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst
St Edmund Campion, Maidenhead
St Joseph, Maidenhead
St Francis of Assisi, Milford-on-Sea
Our Lady of Lourdes, St Francis de Sales, Wash Common & Hungerford
St Joseph, Newbury
Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton
St Thomas of Canterbury, Newport
Holy Rood, Our Lady of the Rosary, St Thomas More, Hinksey
St Laurence, Petersfield

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

Department of Finance and Property - Department
Department of Pastoral Formation - Department
Department of Schools - Department

About Diocese of Portsmouth

The Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth covers Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Isles, and parts of Barkshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire.

Part of the Catholic Church - you can find other Catholic Churches, Catholic Schools or Religious Orders/Houses and Chaplaincies nearby above. Or you can use the Find a Church Near Me box above to search for a Church, School etc.

Useful Definitions of the Structures in the Catholic Church

What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

An episcopal conference, sometimes called a conference of bishops, is an official assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given territory. ... Individual bishops do not relinquish their immediate authority for the governance of their respective dioceses to the conference (Wikipedia).

What is an Archdiocese?

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

What is a Diocese?

The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

The original dioceses, in ancient Rome, were political rather than religious. Rome was divided into dioceses, each of which was made up of many provinces. After Christianity became the Roman Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the term gradually came to refer to religious districts. The Catholic Church has almost 3,000 dioceses. The Greek root of diocese is dioikesis, "government, administration, or province." (Vocabulary.com).

As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

What is the difference between a Diocese and an Archdiocese?

Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the deanery.www.catholicculture.org

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515–552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia