A Brief History of the Diocese
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy [Bishops] was restored in England & Wales in 1850. The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton was established on 28 May 1965, having previously been a part of the larger Archdiocese of Southwark.
There have been five Bishops of the Diocese. The first was Bishop David Cashman who was installed as first Bishop of the new Diocese on 14 June 1965. He died in March 1971 and was succeeded by Bishop Michael Bowen who was then translated in April 1977 to be the Archbishop of Southwark. He was succeeded by Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor who, in March 2000, became the 10th Archbishop of Westminster. Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor was made a Cardinal on 21 February in Rome. Following him Bishop Kieran Conry was ordained on 9 June 2001, resigning on 27 September 2014. Bishop Richard Moth was installed as the fifth Bishop on 28 May 2015. The Diocese continues to be part of the Metropolitan Province of Southwark presided over by Archbishop Peter Smith. The Diocese comprises the counties of West & East Sussex, Surrey outside of the Greater London Borough, and city of Brighton & Hove. It is one of 22 Roman Catholic Dioceses in England & Wales.
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, Chichester, Brighton, Surrey, Royal Holloway College in Egham] as well as technical colleges and Colleges of Higher Education.
The Diocese has a weekly Mass attendance of 40,334 persons. There are 83 parishes some with several churches where Mass is celebrated regularly. Currently the Diocese has 136 diocesan and 97 religious priests, as well as 48 permanent deacons. We have 4 students currently training for the priesthood and 5 for the diaconate. There are a large number of Religious Orders, both men and women, living and working in the Diocese in a number of apostolates. The Diocese has a total of 83 Catholic schools.