Arundel & Brighton Diocese
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton serves the counties of Sussex and those parts of Surrey outside the Greater London Boroughs. It is one of the younger dioceses of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and was founded in 1965. Bishop Richard Moth has been appointed by the Holy Father as the fifth Bishop of our Diocese. There were four Bishops preceding Bishop Richard: Bishop David Cashman, Bishop Michael Bowen and Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Bishop Kieran Conry.
Bishop Richard was born in Chingola, Zambia on 1958. He was brought up in Kent and, after leaving The Judd School, Tonbridge, began formation at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. He was ordained Priest on 3rd July 1982.
He served as assistant priest at St. St. Bede’s, Clapham Park before pursuing studies in Canon Law at St. Paul University, Ottawa. In 1987 he was appointed assistant priest at St. Saviour’s, Lewisham, during which time he also served as a Territorial Army Chaplain with 217 General Hospital RAMC(V).
He served as Private Secretary to Archbishop Michael Bowen from 1992 until 2001, during which time he was also President of the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark and Vocations Director. In 2001 he was appointed Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese.
In addition to his role as Bishop of the Armed Forces, he is Chair of Governors at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, Liaison Bishop for Prisons and for the National Catholic Scout Fellowship and holds a brief on Mental Health on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Bishop Richard has been a Benedictine Oblate for over 30 years and is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, with whom he has travelled many times to the Holy Land. He enjoys horse riding and walking.
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth in Arundel Cathedral
Situated in the South East of England the Diocese encompasses a large number of villages and smaller towns, as well as highly populated parts of Surrey, central Sussex and the coastal region running from Chichester to the Kent border. There are a number of universities [Sussex, Chichester, Brighton, Surrey, Royal Holloway College in Egham] as well as technical colleges and Colleges of Higher Education.
The Diocese has a weekly Mass attendance of 40,334 persons. There are 83 parishes some with several churches where Mass is celebrated regularly. Currently, the Diocese has 136 diocesan and 97 religious priests, as well as 48 permanent deacons. We have 4 students currently training for the priesthood and 5 for the diaconate. There are a large number of Religious Orders, both men and women, living and working in the Diocese in a number of apostolates. The Diocese has a total of 83 Catholic schools.
Arundel and Brighton Diocese is one of the 22 Diocese of England and Wales, each served by their Bishop, who work closely together as the Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
As a parish, in a Diocese, we form a part of the universal Catholic Church, guided by Pope Francis, the successor of St Peter. The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world. It has more than one billion members worldwide – roughly one in every six people is a baptised Catholic. For more information about the universal Catholic Church go the Vatican website
Bishop Richard Moth
Diocesan Pastoral Plan
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(Appendix I on Deaneries and Parishes has been excluded until Bishop Richard has visited each Deanery.)