The Bishop of Chichester Rt Rev Martin Warner has appointed the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, the Rt Rev Richard Moth, as one of the 5 Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.
Bishop Martin writes:
“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’s spokesperson said: “This appointment reflects not only a sign of the continuing close relationship between the two Bishops, but also between the two Christian communities as they endeavour to proclaim Christ to the people of Sussex.”
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.