|L-R: Bishop Richard Moth, Cardinal Cormac, Archbishop Peter Smith|
Cardinal Cormac was ordained a priest on 28 October 1956 in Rome before returning to the Diocese of Portsmouth to work. In 1971 he was appointed Rector of the English College in Rome from where he was called to become Bishop of Arundel & Brighton on 17 November 1977. He was Bishop of Arundel & Brighton for nearly 23 years. On 15 November 2000, he was as installed as tenth Archbishop of Westminster and made a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on 21 February 2001. He now lives a busy retirement.
Cardinal Cormac is remembered in the Diocese with immense affection from his 23 years as Bishop, reflected in the full Cathedral that was there to celebrate Mass with him on Sunday 27 November and then join him, at the kind invitation of Edward, Duke of Norfolk for refreshments in Arundel Castle.
Bishop Richard said, in welcoming the Cardinal back to his old Diocese, that in saving his final Diamond Jubilee celebration for Arundel & Brighton Diocese, the Cardinal “had saved the best wine till last!”
At the end of Mass Bishop Richard again thanked Cardinal Cormac for his presence here which was echoed in long and warm applause from the congregation.
You can see photographs of the event on the Diocesan Flickr site.