Ethics and Linguistic Chaplains: A Research Study

Researcher Team: Dr. Louise Ryan and Dr. Panos Hatziprokopiou

This project was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and aimed to review the work of ethnic chaplaincies in providing pastoral care to migrants. A questionnaire was distributed to all ethnic and linguistic chaplains in England and Wales.  A total of 42 chaplains completed and returned the questionnaires.
The research asked how the chaplaincies operate and how they are financed.  There were several questions about the chaplains’ own experiences, for example, how they were appointed, how integrated they are in local parishes, deaneries and dioceses.  In addition, there were several questions about the migrant communities they serve, such as what languages they speak, how integrated they are. The questionnaires and interviews also enquired about how well the chaplains and their communities were served by the Church.

The final report was published in September 2009.