Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

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Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
Dioecesis Arundeliensis-Brich-telmestunensis
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.png
Coat of arms of Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
Location
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
Coordinates 51°51′22″N 0°33′32″W / 51.856°N 0.559°W / 51.856; -0.559Coordinates: 51°51′22″N 0°33′32″W / 51.856°N 0.559°W / 51.856; -0.559
Statistics
Area 4,998 km2 (1,930 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
3,200,000
196,700 (6.1%)
Parishes 94
Information
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 sede vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Peter Smith
Vicar General
  • John Hull
  • Benedict O'Shea
Emeritus Bishops Kieran Conry
Map
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton within the Province of Southwark.
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton within the Province of Southwark.
Website
dabnet.org

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[edit]

There have been four bishops of this diocese. The first was Bishop David Cashman who was consecrated on 14 June 1965. He died in March 1971 and was succeeded by Bishop Michael George Bowen, who was translated in April 1977 to head the Archdiocese of Southwark. He was succeeded by Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor who, in March 2000, became the 10th Archbishop of Westminster.

His successor, Bishop Kieran Conry, served from 2001 until his resignation in 2014. Following Conry's resignation, the See of Arundel and Brighton is currently sede vacante.

Metropolitan Province[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

In recent times,[when?] the sexual abuse scandal in Arundel and Brighton diocese has hurt the public's trust in the work of local diocesan officials.

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