What is the role of the priest today? In a changing world and with many changes in the Church, answering that question isn’t necessarily easy and requires prayer and serious reflection. Across the diocese, priesthood is lived out in different ways in different contexts and our concern is that clergy are supported in living out their vocation.

Clergy are encouraged to take seriously their ongoing formation and growth as priests in order to flourish wherever they minister. Information on clergy development opportunities are available on our Events Calendar and our Clergy Training section.

In this section you will find information on a range of support for clergy. The sections highlighted below also provide useful resources to help you in your ministry.


Clergy training

Find out what learning and development opportunities are available to those in ministry.

Local ministries

Explore ways to enable and support the ministry of others in your congregation and community.

Parish support

A wide range of parish support is available in the areas of safeguarding, buildings, finances, children and young people, legal matters, the environment and more. 


Counselling and wellbeing

We provide a professional, free, confidential counselling service to support clergy and their families.


Clergy are encouraged to take time each year for retreat. Visit our Retreats section for some inspiration.


Self-supporting ministry advisers

Find out what support is available to self-supporting ministers.

Spiritual direction

Find out more about spiritual direction or finding a spiritual director.

Extended ministerial development leave

Find out more about the opportunity to step back and have up to three months away from your sphere of ministry.


Nearing retirement?

There are a variety of one day and residential opportunities through the year for those beginning to think about retirement. Contact the training team leader to find out more.

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