Friday, 29 May 2015

Joyful Day as Bishop Richard Moth Installed

Letter of Appointment shown to the people
©Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk
In a joyful ceremony Bishop Richard Moth was installed as the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton at Arundel Cathedral on Thursday 28th May.

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’."

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

The Homily and Liturgy of the Mass can all be found on the diocesan website www.dabnet.org 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Installation of New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton - Bishop Richard Moth's Homily


Bishop Richard Moth was installed as 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton on the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese at Arundel Catherdral, Arundel. You can read his homily below:

"May I begin by adding my own words of welcome to those of Archbishop Peter. Thank you for being here for this great celebration, 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.”[1]

On Jubilee days, there can be a temptation to look back. We have much to celebrate at this time of Jubilee: the foresight of those who recognized the need for a new Diocese; the faithfulness of so many people, the commitment of the religious communities, the teaching in our schools, the service of priests and deacons, the leadership and vision of all my predecessors as Bishops: Bishop David, whose ring I wear today and whose crozier Archbishop Peter presented to me; Archbishop Michael – it is personal joy for me to welcome him here today, for he ordained me Deacon and Priest and was one of the principal consecrators at my ordination as Bishop; Cardinal Cormac – whom we welcome here today and who will speak to us at our Festival 50 celebrations in a few weeks time; Bishop Kieran, whose contribution in the field of evangelization within the Diocese and beyond has been very significant. We must also thank Archbishop Peter for all he has done for the Diocese in recent months, giving so much of himself to this Diocese along with his heavy responsibilities in Southwark.

While we rejoice in so much of these past years, we must also look forward and the Scriptures proclaimed for us today lay down both a challenge and source of consolation as we continue our pilgrimage together.

There are times in all our lives when we experience difficulties as individuals and as families, weakness and pain as a Diocese too – but today let us re-commit ourselves to “the Word who is life – for this is our subject”.[2] For us as the Church in Arundel & Brighton – and for the Church everywhere – there is but one subject, the person of Jesus Christ. For it is Christ alone, through the union with Him to which we are called, that will make our joy complete. In our encounter with the One who loves us we, with the psalmist, know that “the Lord is good”.[3]

It is in Christ alone that joy and fulfillment lie, in the Christ who gave up everything out of love for us, whose love for us is without bounds, embracing death for us. The Christian is at home at the foot of the Cross – an uncomfortable truth – and our call is to take up the cross and follow in the footsteps of the One who is all love. It is there, too, that we are in the company of Mary our Mother.

We follow in this way not just for ourselves, but that all may “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”[4] This, indeed, is the vocation of the Church that is this Diocese of Arundel & Brighton – the proclamation of God’s mercy in Christ. As Pope Francis reminds us, in the Bull of Indiction for the coming Jubilee Year of Mercy: “The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person.”[5] It is Jesus, in His death and resurrection, who is the fount of mercy for all peoples. It is He, our subject, whom we must proclaim.

The effective proclamation of the joy of the Gospel demands commitment on all our parts. Like Jeremiah, we will not feel up to the task. Certainly, his expression of inadequacy is true for me today as I come before you as your new Bishop. But, as we – together – move forward in our proclamation of the Word who is life, God’s words to Jeremiah must remain always in our minds and hearts: “Do not be afraid – I am with you.”[6]

First and foremost, we must be continually renewed for the mission that lies before us. Let us commit ourselves to ever-deeper prayer, to times of silence where we can reflect on the message of the Gospel.[7] Let us grow in our understanding of the gift of faith – not just at those key times of sacramental preparation, but through a life-long deepening in prayer and understanding. Through our participation in the Sacrifice of the Mass and through the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, may the Word who is life transform our lives.

It is through this nurture, this security within the sheepfold of Christ, that we grow in grace and are enabled to go out to others – and this is where the Gospel gets uncomfortable! We do not remain in the sheepfold. 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. 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.”[8]

In laying down this call afresh today, be assured of my commitment to prayer for you, service to you and – with you – the proclamation of our one subject: the Word who is life.


[1] Ps. 117:24.

[2] 1 Jn.1:1.

[3] Ps. 33:8.

[4] Ps. 33:8.

[5] Pope Francis, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Misericordiae vultus, n. 12.
(Hereafter MV)

[6] Jer. 1:8.

[7] MV, n. 13.

[8] Jn.10:10.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bishop Richard Moth to be installed as 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton Thursday 28 May

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

The Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton will conduct the Installation. The homily at Mass will be preached by the new Bishop, Rt Rev Richard Moth.

The Mass of Installation will be concelebrated by Their Eminencies, Cardinals Nicholls and Murphy-O’Connor, Most Rev Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, 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 will as well be over 170 priests from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Forces Chaplains, the Archdiocese of Southwark, and elsewhere. Also present will be 29 Deacons from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

The Cathedral will be full to capacity with a congregation of over 600.

Among the invited guests will be numerous dignitaries including the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, Edward Fitzalan Howard and his family, and representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Lords Lieutenants of West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey, representing Pope Francis, the Papal Nuncio (Ambassador of the Vatican state to the Court of St James) His Excellency, Archbishop Antonio Mennini as well as ecumenical guests including the Bishop of Chichester, Rt Rev Martin Warner and the Bishop of Dorking, Rt Rev Ian Brackley.

Importantly there will also be representatives from every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

The clergy and people of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton are looking forward to welcoming their new Bishop to his Cathedral.

A Diocesan spokesman said: “After a period without a bishop it will be a day of great joy to welcome Bishop Richard Moth as our new bishop. We will once again be fully the Catholic Church gathered around our bishop and we can once more look to the future with confidence. It is a time of new beginnings for the Diocese.”

He went onto say: “Not everybody who would wish to will be able to attend the Installation of Bishop Richard in Arundel Cathedral, but anybody who wishes to meet him and welcome him can join him at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, near Brighton on Sunday 5th July for the Festival in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese.”