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Scottish Royal Navy Chaplain in historic appointment to new post

Mgr Andy McFadden, of Paisley Diocese, will be the first Catholic forces chaplain to head the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre

Mgr Andy McFadden, principal Catholic chaplain to the Royal Navy, has been appointed principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre at Amport House, Andover, and will become the first Catholic forces chaplain to hold the post.

Mgr McFadden will now manage a staff of twenty six including five other chaplains from the various denominations. The chaplaincy centre offers a variety of residential courses, and besides training and supporting the service chaplains, offers many courses to those interested in developing their ability to work with the Service community.

“To say I was surprised to be offered this post is putting it mildly,” Mgr McFadden said. “My first reaction was that I will miss going to sea. I love being at sea but then I realised that this is where God wants me to be so I accepted the post as a further means of service to the chaplains of the Army and Royal Air Force as well as the Royal Navy and to the members of all three armed services and their families.

“Service chaplains provide pastoral support to people at important stages in their lives. I trust that my many years experience as a naval chaplain will serve me well in my new role. I will also endeavour to be an ambassador for the Catholic Church in a truly ecumenical environment.”

Mgr McFadden grew up in Gourock on the Clyde and was ordained a priest for the Paisley Diocese in 1989.

Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of the Forces congratulated Mgr McFadden on his new appointment.

“On behalf of the Bishopric, I wish Andy well in his new role,” he said. “He has my best wishes and prayers as he works to support Chaplains and service personnel of all three armed services.”


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