New Bishop pays visit to Burgess Hill church

Bishop Richard's first Confirmations, in Burgess Hill SUS-150506-103443001
Bishop Richard's first Confirmations, in Burgess Hill SUS-150506-103443001

Bishop Richard Moth was only installed Thursday May 28th as the fifth Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel & Brighton. He was previously the Bishop for the Armed Forces.

And on Sunday May 31st he made the first official visit to his new diocese by coming to Mid Sussex and confirming 13 of our young people at St Wilfrids, RC Church Burgess Hill.

Despite the wet afternoon the church was full of the Confirmation Candidates - Adam, Anna, Alexander, Benjamin, Camille, Chloe, Ellie, Elysia, Emily, Ethan, Hattie, Joe, and Robert - and their families and friends.

After being introduced by Parish Priest Fr Rick McGrath, who had first him at the Seminary in the late 80’s, Bishop Richard conducted a very joyful and uplifting service, ably assisted by all concerned: Confirmands, Catechists, Musicians and Congregation. Afterwards Bishop Richard was photographed with the young people and joined them and many other Parishioners at a reception in the Parish Hall.

Report and picture contributed by Joe Wilkinson, St Wilfrid’s Parish, Burgess Hill.