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The Bishop Seeks to appoint a CHAPLAIN

St James Anglican Church, Porto, Portugal

This is an exciting opportunity for a priest with energy and vision, and the ability to inspire and lead this Chaplaincy through a new phase of development.

The Anglican community is friendly and united and the historic city of Porto itself is undergoing a period of major regeneration and change. Voted European Best Destination 2017, the city has a large university population with many overseas students, excellent international schools and an increasingly vibrant tourism industry, offering many opportunities for expanding ecumenical and educational links, building on the historic, spiritual and cultural role which St James Church has played for over 200 years.

The successful applicant will provide visionary spiritual and pastoral leadership, be able to communicate easily with people of all ages, and inspire our existing congregation to reach out to and embrace the younger generation and the wider local community and visitors. Services are in English, but a willingness to learn some Portuguese would be desirable.

The site includes a beautiful church, a cemetery and a fine new church hall, which offers scope for many activities. The Chaplaincy is in a good financial position which we work hard to maintain but experience in fundraising initiatives will be important.

We offer a full stipend (€27,000 gross), superb furnished family accommodation close to the city centre and church and next door to the Porto British Club and grounds (of which the Chaplain and family are honorary members), a family car and expenses of office. There are no contributions to the Church of England Pension Scheme or other occupational pension scheme in respect of this post.

The post is for an initial term of 3 years, renewable. Further details and Application Form from: The Appointments Secretary: email 

For an informal conversation please contact Archdeacon Geoff Johnston on:

+44 1773 270972 or +44 7507 391297 (mobile) or email

Closing date: 28 February 2018

Shortlisting date: 2 March 2018

Interview date: 20 March 2018

There is a commitment to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding Policies (vetting and screening) will apply to this post.