Pastoral Assistant Schemes

The Fund funds placements on pastoral assistant schemes for potential ordinands who are undertaking such a placement as part of their exploration of a vocation to the permanent diaconate or to the priesthood. To fall within the terms of the Trust, the placement must involve a course of directed study.

Such applications must:

  • be made by the parish priest of the parish concerned

  • be submitted before the deadline for applications for the May meeting (at which grants in respect of pastoral assistants are considered)

  • include details of the candidate (including an assurance that the candidate stands in the Anglo-Catholic tradition within which the Fund was founded)

  • include details of the course of study to be pursued during the placement

  • include an indication of any other grant-making bodies to which application has been made in respect of the candidate, and of the outcome of such applications, where known.

Successful candidates are expected to provide a written report towards the conclusion of their placement.