Pastoral Letter from Bishop Philp Egan

Yesterday’s Pastoral Letter from Bishop Philip was a great reminder and challenge to us all. Full text below, but here are a few snippets:

“This month, October 2019, has been designated by the Holy Father as an Extraordinary Month of Mission. It is a month of renewal, in which the Pope calls us to rededicate ourselves as missionary disciples spreading the Good News. It is a month of prayer, in which we pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s a month of action: of service, justice and charity to the poor”

“My prayer is for all of us, clergy and laity, parishes and schools, to be filled with an even greater trust in God the Father, a more passionate love for His Word, Jesus Christ and a more radical dependence on the Holy Spirit. Thus, with our hearts on fire, we will naturally want to reach out to everyone in works of evangelical mission, social justice and charitable service.”

“Faith is no longer handed on automatically through families, schools and parishes. What is key today is a real, personal, transforming encounter with Jesus Christ Himself. It is the task of families, schools and parishes to create the arenas in which people can encounter Him. This is what our diocesan mission statement means: ‘Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church’.”

Emergency in Bamenda

Thousands of people in our sister Diocese of Bamenda have been displaced by the ongoing crisis in the North West and South West Provinces of Cameroon and are in urgent need of help. 

The Archbishop of Bamenda has established Ad Hoc Committees in each of his parishes to dispense aid directly to those who need it most. 

Please help the Portsmouth Diocese Bamenda Commission to help them!

£10 can supply warm clothing

£30: a huge sack of rice

£50: a range of medical supplies such as bandages, antibiotics, painkillers

But ANY SUM would be welcomed – together, we can make a big difference!

To donate, please visit our website:

and click on the MyDonate button to make a secure online payment, specifying that it is for the Emergency Appeal.

Please Gift Aid your donation if you qualify to do so.

Cheques payable to ‘PRCDTR Bamenda Commission’ may be sent to: Rev G Dailly, Treasurer Bamenda Commission, 21 Beech Rd, Alresford, SO24 9JS

For further advice, please email: