Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

28/05/2015 12:00 pm

Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of the Forces

The installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the 5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton took place during Mass in Arundel Cathedral on Thursday 28 May 2015 at 3pm.

The Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton conducted the Installation. 

The homily at Mass was preached by the newly installed bishop. In his homily Bishop Richard said:

"For this is a great day – the 50th Anniversary of the very day on which this Diocese of Arundel and Brighton was established. It is a real privilege and, I believe, a grace that this should be the day of my Installation as your fifth 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 was concelebrated by Their Eminencies, Cardinals Nichols and Murphy-O’Connor, the Most Rev Peter Smith, 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 were over 170 priests from the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, Forces Chaplains, the Archdiocese of Southwark, and elsewhere. Also present were 29 Deacons from the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

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

Among the invited guests were:

  • The Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, Edward Fitzalan-Howard, his son the Earl of Arundel, Henry Miles Fitzalan-Howard together with other members of the family
  • The Lords Lieutenants of the Counties of West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey, who are Mrs Susan Pyper, Mr Peter field and Dame Sarah Goad DCVO, JP together with the Under Sheriff of West Sussex, Mr Kevin Taylor
  • The Papal Nuncio (Ambassador of the Vatican state to the Court of St James) His Excellency , Archbishop Antonio Mennini
  • Mr Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham and former British Ambassador to the Holy See
  • Ecumenical guests including the Bishops of Chichester, Rt Rev Martin Warner, the Bishop of Horsham, Rt Rev Mark Sowerby and the Bishop of Dorking, Rt Rev Ian Brackley
  • Friends, relations and military colleagues of Bishop Richard.
  • 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, those there at the installation, and indeed the whole of the Diocese of Arundel and 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 on 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’.”

Mini Biography

Bishop Richard was born in Chingola, Zambia on 1958. He was brought up in Kent and, after leaving The Judd School, Tonbridge, began formation at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. He was ordained Priest 3rd June 1982.

He served as assistant priest at St. St. Bede’s, Clapham Park before pursing studies in Canon Law at St. Paul University, Ottawa. In 1987 he was appointed assistant priest at St. Saviour’s, Lewisham, during which time he also served as a Territorial Army Chaplain with 217 General Hospital RAMC(V).

He served as Private Secretary to Archbishop Michael Bowen from 1992 until 2001, during which time he was also President of the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark and Vocations Director. In 2001 he was appointed Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese.

In addition to his role as Bishop of the Armed Forces, he is Chair of Governors at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, Liaison Bishop for Prisons, Episcopal Advisor to the National Catholic Scout Fellowship and holds a brief on Mental Health on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Bishop Richard has been a Benedictine Oblate for over 30 years and is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, with whom he has travelled many times to the Holy Land. He enjoys horse riding and walking.

Related Link
Official website for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton