Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Bishop Richard Moth's message for Easter

The Easter Vigil has seen Baptisms and Receptions in the parishes across the Diocese. These celebrations have been the high point of long periods of prayer and preparation for all those who are new to our Diocesan Family. Welcome!

I would also like to thank all those who have accompanied them on the journey – Godparents and sponsors, catechists and clergy, family members and friends. Such support has been so important and the example that has been shown is a gift to our parish communities too.

During Holy Week – the “Great Week” as it has been called – we have, as it were, walked with Christ down the Mount of Olives on Palm Sunday. We have been with Him in the Upper Room and watched with Him in the Garden. We have followed Him on the road to Calvary and waited outside the tomb with Mary Magdalene. The following of that journey is not always easy for us, as we contemplate the suffering and death of the Lamb of God, the Word made Flesh.

Now, with Mary and the Apostles, we rejoice at the Resurrection. Our lives make sense only in the light of the Resurrection of Christ. It is our task – and the newly-baptised join us in this vocation – to proclaim the Risen Christ to the World. May the joy that we find in the Risen Lord inform and enlighten every moment of our lives. May our witness call others to the joy and wonder of Life in Christ.

With every Blessing for this Easter Day.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Graduation for A&B Men in Formation as Deacons

Bishop Richard Moth with Duncan Brown (left) and Liam McIlveney (right)
On 4 March 2016, candidates for the Permanent Diaconate attended the Graduation Ceremony at St Mary’s University Twickenham to be presented with degrees in Pastoral Ministry. This academic qualification is a requirement for all candidates who are undergoing formation in their journey to being ordained a deacon.

Pictured either side of Bishop Richard are Duncan Brown (left) from the Parish of St Mary Star of the Sea – Hastings and Liam McIlvenny (right) from the Parish of St Edward the Confessor and St. Luke – Keymer with Hurstpierpoint. Both Duncan and Liam are third year students and looking towards ordination in the summer. Bishop Richard is Chair of Governors at St Mary’s University. As well as leading the Service of Thanksgiving, Bishop Richard was present to offer his congratulations to all the graduates and join with them in the celebrations on the day.

You can also some additonal photographs from Bishop Richard's visit to the Southern Programme Diaconate Formation Day on 19 March at St John's Seminary to celebrate Mass, share lunch and meet his own students on the Diocesan Flickr site.