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Priest-in-charge, Diocese of Exeter – St Peter and the Holy Apostles, Plymouth

15th Dec 2014

The parish consists of the Parish Church – dedicated to St Peter in the Stonehouse area of the city, the Church of St Thomas the Apostle in Keyham (in close proximity to the Naval Base), and the Church of St James the Less, Ham set within a substantial suburb of Plymouth. These now form a single Parish and Mission Community with a single PCC. The parish is firmly set within the Catholic tradition, which shapes the ethos in the three churches. The new priest would reside in St Peter’s vicarage, situated opposite the Parish Church in Wyndham Square.


We seek a priest who:

  • is grounded in the Catholic Faith, will maintain offering the Holy Sacrifice daily in St Peter’s Church and lead the Parish forward in discipleship
  • as an evangeliser, will inspire us to extend God’s love to all
  • will work with the PCC to consolidate, and build on strategies to unite the parish in Mission and in the development of lay ministries
  • will help to create a new vision for youth ministry, and maintain strong links with our Church Primary School
  • will encourage the best use of our church buildings to enable them to become places of welcome for the whole community
  • will maintain, and help us develop our ecumenical links in a positive way


The Bishop of Ebbsfleet writes:

God is faithful, and is preparing the heart of a priest somewhere to respond to the call to meet the opportunities of ministry here in the mission community of St Peter’s Plymouth.  Perhaps you are that person?  Perhaps you know such a priest and should be encouraging him?  This revised parish profile and re-advertisement spells out more clearly than before the range of opportunities the Church has to live out the Gospel in Plymouth, which an increasingly complex and growing regional city.  It reveals that the people and other clergy associated with these three congregations understand that the Church is called to proclaim a eucharistic Christ, and to share their trust in him not just as an overflow for the sake of our neighbours only, but because in mission God strengthens our own faith, and hope and love.  Building on the many blessings and strategies of the past, and with a lively network of other Catholic tradition parishes and fellow clergy in the city, this ministry offers the chance for St Peter’s and its incumbent to be at the heart of the recovery of the missionary Church in Plymouth.  We look forward to hearing from you


The post requires an enhanced DBS disclosure


Resolutions A, B and C have been passed by the PCC. 


Information pack available from:

Mr Ashley Mason, PA to the Archdeacon of Plymouth, St Mark’s Church, 1 Sanctuary Close, Ford, Plymouth, Devon PL2 1EN


Closing date for receipt of applications: 26th January 2015

Interviews will be held on: 26th February 2015




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