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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 2019 and 2020 to


  • Grenoble: the Chaplaincy is seeking locum cover from 15th November onwards
  • Kiev: the Chaplaincy is seeking a locum for Advent and Christmas
  • Biarritz: the Chaplaincy is seeking a locum for one weekend in November (see below)


  • Grenoble (as above)
  • Taormina: a locum is needed for December

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 February and December 2020 and for various dates in 2021, 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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