Thursday, May 28, 2015
I've just returned from our Cathedral at Arundel where our new bishop Mgr Richard Moth was installed (makes him sound like a bit of plumbing).
I was very impressed, he's bouncy, just like I remember him thirty five years ago at seminary when I last knew him.
There were lots of nice little touches like the Propers sung in Latin, the episcopal dalmatic, our first bishop's ring and crozier, wearing a choir cassock for the Mass and habito piano for the reception, singing most of his parts of the Mass. The homily which he preached, was no nonsense, good stuff, I wanted to cry out, 'axios,' afterwards, it was about the centrality of Christ, it is here, there were no silly stories, or jokes, just a bishop who believes preaching to his Church, something unashamably Catholic..
Just a little bit of gossip, I was talking to a woman who is organising an all-night Vigil before our diocesan Jubilee celebrations in July, he plans to be there for it, he apparently told her that she might have difficulties getting enough people for the small hours, he told her to put him down for those hours, despite te fact he is going to host the whole diocese that day - impressive?
I came away with a sense of hope for the future of our diocese, pray for Richard our Bishop and the other good bishops we have in our country - the number is growing!
Posted by Fr Ray Blake