|Bishop Richard Moth (l) with Bishop Martin (r) |
at opening of Holy Door in Chichester Cathedral in 2016
“Bishop Richard Moth is no stranger to Chichester Cathedral. At the outset of the Year of Mercy (2016) he and I attended the opening ceremonies in the cathedrals of Chichester and Arundel. It was an ecumenical gesture that did not happen anywhere else.
The fruits of that Year were seen in shared attention to those in need. In the diocese of Chichester we gave particular attention to Syrian refugees, following an inspiring presentation at the Diocesan Synod on the support from the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton for Voices in Exile in Brighton. Since then Bishop Richard has also taken the lead in coordinating ecumenical relations in Sussex, an important initiative in which the Bishop of Lewes is the Anglican representative.
The recent death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor has reminded us of the close links that were nurtured in his time between the Anglican and Roman Catholic dioceses that serve across the whole of Sussex. We are the inheritors of that goodwill. The appointment of Bishop Richard is a joyful expression of our commitment to that inheritance.”
Bishop Richard will be installed as a Canon of Honour at Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 11 February at 3.30pm in the context of Choral Evensong.