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Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
Dioecesis Arundeliensis-Brich-telmestunensis
Country England
Territory Counties of East Sussex and West Sussex and the County of Surrey outside the Greater London Boroughs.
Ecclesiastical province Southwark
Metropolitan Southwark
Deaneries 13
Area 4,998 km2 (1,930 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
196,700 (6.1%)
Parishes 94
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 28 May 1965
Cathedral Arundel Cathedral
Secular priests 134
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Rt Rev Richard Moth
Metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev Peter Smith
Vicar General
  • John Hull
  • Benedict O'Shea
Emeritus Bishops Kieran Conry
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton within the Province of Southwark.
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton within the Province of Southwark.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton (in Latin: Dioecesis Arundeliensis-Brichtelmestunensis) is a Latin Church Roman Catholic diocese in southern England covering the counties of Sussex and Surrey. The diocese was established on 28 May 1965, having previously been a part of the larger Archdiocese of Southwark.


  • Bishops 1
  • Metropolitan Province 2
  • Geographical area 3
  • Mass attendance 4
  • Local pilgrimage 5
  • Anti-abuse policy 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


There have been four bishops of this diocese. The first was Bishop translated in April 1977 to head the Archdiocese of Southwark. He was succeeded by then-Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor who, in March 2000, became the 10th Archbishop of Westminster, and later, a Cardinal.

His successor, Bishop Kieran Conry, served from 2001 until his resignation in 2014. On Saturday, 21 March 2015, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth, who had been serving as the Catholic Military Ordinary for Great Britain, to be the fifth Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. He was installed on Thursday, 28 May 2015, at Arundel Cathedral, the fiftieth anniversary of the Diocese's creation.[1][2]

Metropolitan Province

The diocese comprises part of the Metropolitan Province of Southwark, which is currently presided over by the Most Reverend Peter Smith, by virtue of his office of Archbishop of Southwark. The diocese itself covers the administrative counties of West and East Sussex, Surrey outside of the Greater London Boroughs, and the unitary authority of Brighton & Hove. It is one of 22 Roman Catholic dioceses in England and Wales.

Geographical area

Situated in the South East of England, the Diocese encompasses a large number of villages and smaller towns, as well as highly populated parts of Surrey, central Sussex and the coastal region running from Chichester to the Kent border. There are a number of universities (Sussex, Brighton, Surrey, Royal Holloway College in Egham) as well as technical colleges and Colleges of Higher Education.

The Diocese is divided into thirteen deaneries, which are subdivided into parishes:

Mass attendance

The Diocese has a weekly Mass attendance of 43,377 persons, which would be approximately one quarter of the total Catholic population. There are 116 parishes with a number of other centres where Mass is celebrated regularly. In April 2005, the Diocese had 182 diocesan and 97 religious priests, as well as 16 permanent deacons. There are a large number of religious institutes, of both men and women, living and working in the Diocese in a number of apostolates. The Diocese has a total of 90 Catholic schools.

Local pilgrimage

The Diocese also founded the Arundel and Brighton Pilgrimage, which now occurs annually during the two weeks running up to the August bank holiday. Though the pilgrimage is largely Roman Catholic, it is in fact ecumenical and there are several Anglican attendants. The first walk took place in 1975 around the Diocese but has since gone on to include cross-country routes through England and Wales, with different themes and stops at various churches and cathedrals.

Anti-abuse policy

In the early 2000s, the sexual abuse scandal in Arundel and Brighton diocese hurt the public's trust in the work of local diocesan officials.

See also


  1. ^ "Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel and Brighton". Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  2. ^ " » Bishop to Arundel and Brighton: at times of weakness we must focus on Christ". Retrieved 2015-10-25. 

External links

  • Diocese Official Website
  • Diocesan Seminary
  • The Catholic Children's Society
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