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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’."
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