Chaplaincy


"I enjoy being an advocate to organisations for the provision of good chaplaincy.  I love being alongside people and seeking to ensure that the spiritual and pastoral needs of people who work in high pressure jobs are met, as best as is possible, within the resources that are available." The Revd Mary Sokanovic

We have chaplains serving a number of sectors in our communities including: police, air cadets, hospitals, hospices, schools, deaf chaplaincy, prison, RAF, British Legion, army, agriculture and Felixstowe port.

Stories from our Chaplains

Below four of our chaplains share about their work:

Herbert Fadriquela is a chaplain at Mission to the Seafarers, he says

"To me, doing pastoral ministry to the seafarers is very important work of the church. Being with the seafarers, to let them feel that they are welcome, to listen to their stories, to share with them my stories, to laugh with them, to cry with them, to pray with them is a task that I believe is very close to the heart of Jesus who himself called people working in the boat as his disciples."

Brian Stenner is a police chaplain, he says

"I have been available to staff when they need me – to go through traumas, personal and professional.  I have taken funerals for police relatives, conducted marriage ceremonies and renewals.  Being a Police Chaplain is not without difficulties as I have watched personnel being put under pressure and being constantly posted in and out.  This results in a lack of continuity in policing action and in my ability to maintain relationships.  But I know I have had impact.  For example one constable who was considering resigning, eventually heeded my advice and is still with the force today.  I love being part of a team – the camaraderie of the police station – not to mention having a high-viz jacket over my driving seat and watching speeding drivers put on the anchors as they spot it through the rear window!"

If you'd like to read more about police chaplaincy in the Diocese, you can read this article from the Ipswich Star:

Police Chaplaincy, East Anglian Daily Press | Weblink

 

The Revd Mary Sokanovic is a chaplain to the 188 Squadron Ipswich Air Training Corps (ATC), she says

"As ATC Chaplain (or Padre) I love being with the cadets and making a difference to their lives, helping them consider the values they have signed up to, we have fun too. They are a shining example of young people. I also support the amazing staff who make it all possible. I offer a confidential listening ear, and the opportunity to talk about the big questions in life and express complex emotions in a safe place. I am genuinely interested in them, their work and their well-being."

Joshua Hunt works for youth work charity Boost Felixstowe and is a school chaplain at Felixstowe Academy, he says

"After three years of running a youth cafe, in 2014 Boost formed a partnership with Felixstowe Academy to explore what chaplaincy might look like in a school with no-religious affiliation. It has been a joy and privilege to work on our three focus areas of supporting staff and students, exploring faith and building community.  Over the years, the Academy's chaplaincy has become a fantastic asset to the school, the local community and described as providing 'excellent support' from Ofsted. It is a fantastic example of how churches can fully support and champion young people and their school communities." 

Alison Wintgens is a volunteer chaplain at HMP Warren Hill and HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay. She says

"Experience and training in Pastoral Ministry and a background of work with Central London Samaritans and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health led to my role as a volunteer chaplain. Our main tasks in the multi-faith team are to meet all the residents within 24 hours of arrival; to provide regular worship and faith study; to visit all on special observations who are at risk; and to be involved when the men have a bereavement or seriously sick relative. It is a privilege and a joy to be part of God’s work alongside some of the most vulnerable and neglected people, many with strong faith and admirable resistance and humour."

Graham Miles is a Rural Chaplain supporting farmers and their families who may be struggling in this difficult time. Watch the video below.

For more information

Please contact Archdeacon Jeanette Gosney, who co-ordinates chaplaincy across the Diocese, for more information about chaplaincy or to be connected with one of our chaplains.

 

Page updated 20 October 2020