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Bishop Richard Moth was Installed as 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton 28 May

+Richard meeting1.jpgBishop Richard meeting people before his Installation

The installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton took place during Mass in Arundel Cathedral, Arundel on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 3pm.

Archbishop of Southwark and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Peter Smith led the Installation. The homily at Mass was preached by our new Bishop, Richard Moth.

In his homily Bishop Richard says of the event: "For this is a great day – the 50th Anniversary of the very day on which this Diocese of Arundel & Brighton was established. It is a real privilege and, I believe, a grace that this should be the day of my Installation as your 5th Bishop. As on Easter Day, we can say: ‘This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad’."

The Mass of Installation had the presence of Cardinals Nichols and Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Peter Smith, together with 21 other Bishops from England and Wales, the Abbot of Worth, Fr Luke Jolly OSB and the Bishop of Aberdeen, Hugh Gilbert, former Abbot of Pluscarden where Bishop Richard is an oblate. There were over 170 priests from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Forces Chaplains, the Archdiocese of Southwark, and elsewhere. Also present were 30 or more Deacons from the Diocese. Importantly there were representatives from every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Bishop Richard in his homily reminded us of the challenge of Jesus to himself, to those there at the installation, and indeed the whole of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton when he said: "Jesus calls us out. We take up the cross and follow where He, the shepherd, leads – to the disadvantaged at home and abroad, to those suffering from injustice, to those trying to rebuild their lives, to the one released from prison, to the one living with mental or physical illness, to those who have lost hope and meaning in their lives, to those searching, perhaps even unknowingly, for God."

He went onto to say: "Jesus himself calls us to the service of His mercy, that others may know Him who is our subject – that all may taste and see that the Lord is good – that all may know the nourishment and safe pastures of the sheepfold that is Christ, that ‘all may have life and have it to the full’."

You can read Bishop Richard's Homily in full here.

More pictures are available on www.flickr.com/Catholicism.

The liturgy for the Mass of Installation can be downloaded here.

Bishop Richard to Attend Festival 50 on 5th July

Amex Stadium 1.jpgBishop Richard will attend Festival 50 on 5th July. He will begin the proceedings by sending the Walking Pilgrimage on their way from Arundel Cathedral on Friday 3rd July, he will then meet volunteers over lunch on Saturday 4th July at the Stadium before he takes part in the Youth Vigil over night and then finally opens the day in the Stadium at 10am with Morning Prayer.

During the Festival itself as well as speaking briefly before lunch in the Stadium Arena he will visit as much of the Festival as possible and meet as many people as possible. He will end the day by presiding at the Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving as the summit of the whole celebration.

For more information on the Festival go to www.dabnet.org/Festival50

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