Pope Appoints Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Richard Moth, currently Bishop of the Forces, as Bishop of Arundel & Brighton. He will be the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton.
Bishop Moth was ordained a priest in 1982 and served as a priest in parishes in the Archdiocese of Southwark including acting as Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese before being ordained Bishop of the Forces in September 2009. In addition to his role as Bishop of the Forces, he is Chair of Governors at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, Liaison Bishop for Prisons, Episcopal Advisor to the National Catholic Scout Fellowship and holds a brief on Mental Health on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Bishop Richard Moth said: “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me. In these last fifty years since the foundation of the Diocese, so much has been done to build up the Church and in the proclamation of the Gospel and, with God’s help, I look to guide and serve the Diocese to that same end. “
You can read the News Release in full here.
You can read the new Bishop Elect's statement here.
Message from Archbishop Peter Smith about New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton.
He says "‘I was so pleased when I heard the news that he had accepted the appointment from the Holy Father. I have known Bishop Richard for many years, firstly when I taught him as a student at St John’s Seminary, then as a fellow priest of the Archdiocese and most recently as a brother bishop. I know that he will work tirelessly to serve all the people of the diocese, and I have no doubt that he will prove to be a true pastor to the clergy, Religious and people of the Diocese.
Bishop Richard will be installed formally as the fifth Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on Thursday 28th May at Arundel Cathedral, a most appropriate date as it is the actual anniversary of the creation of the Diocese. As we will all be remembering with joy all the gifts that the Lord has given to the diocese over the past fifty years, it will also be the time to take the first steps on the journey of the next fifty years, walking together with your new bishop. Let us continue to pray for one another as we prepare for the Jubilee celebrations, and let us pray for Bishop Richard as he prepares to begin his new ministry with you."
You read the full message here.
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