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Locum Priests

This section is only for priests who are on the Diocesan Locum List.

Information as to how to apply for Permission to Officiate and join the Locum List can be obtained from the Locum Ministry Administrator.  Currently, applications can only be considered from clergy who are willing to offer three months or more per year, preferably over several years.

Guidelines for Locum Priests

Expressions of interest from priests who have Permission to Officiate and are on the Diocesan Locum List for any of the locum duties listed below may be sent by email to the Locum Ministry Administrator:


Guidance for Locum Priests - Health Insurance

An insurance policy against sickness or accident must be taken out to cover a locum priest's period of duty; it is the responsibility of the locum priest to arrange adequate insurance cover. Particular care should be taken regarding any insurance restrictions on the length of stay. Please read the small print on any policy you take out.

In additional to travel insurance, UK residents are also strongly advised to obtain, and take with them a European Health Insurance card. Please refer to the UK Government's advice available on


Requests for cover: 

Clergy with PTO are invited to send information regarding availability for locum cover in 2020 and 2021 to

Chaplaincies in vacancy are continuing to plan for locum cover on a provisional basis, in the knowledge that plans may be disrupted due to restrictions on travel and church services.  Locum clergy already booked are asked to keep in touch with the Chaplaincy about the situation in the country they are due to travel to.  We are continuing to plan for future locum cover, therefore information about potential availability of clergy is as ever, most useful.   

  • Menton: The Chaplaincy is seeking locums from October 2020 onwards
  • Taormina: A priest is sought for November 2020  [House for duty]
  • Ankara: A priest willing to serve long-term is sought from January 2021

Please contact for more information concerning the above vacancies

 Ongoing locum opportunities

  • Didim, Turkey: the church is seeking occasional assistance from clergy with Permission to Officiate who may be travelling to the area.  Please contact for more information
  • Le Gard, France: the chaplaincy is seeking assistance from clergy with Permission to Officiate who may be holidaying in the area.  Please contact for more information
  • Biarritz, France: - the Chaplaincy is seeking locums willing to travel there for occasional weekends and take the Sunday service.  Please contact for more information
  • Taormina, Sicily:  House for duty.  Cover is for a month at a time. Vacancies are currently available for October 2020, and February and November 2021, and for various dates in 2022, but vacancies sometimes occur due to cancellations. Please get in touch with if you are interested and may be able to help. General information about Taormina Locum may be found here  
  • Camino de Santiago The Camino ministry organisers are seeking priests who already hold PTO in Europe to join the team on a self-funding basis, either to walk alongside pilgrims or to be based in Compostela, for a minimum of two weeks at a time.  You will have walked, cycled, or ridden, the Camino, completing either 100km on foot or 200km by bike or horse and possess a Compostela. (Applications will be considered from those who have undertaken other pilgrimages of over 100 km).
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