Vocation Day

A learning day for all age groups

The Rosary: Why & What

A Walsingham teaching time


All sessions will start at 2:00pm and finish around 5:00pm

Saturday 8th June St Richard’s, Hayward’s Heath Fr Chris Brading - 01444 413621 father.brading@gmail.com

Saturday 15th June St John’s, West Worthing Fr John Eldridge - 01903 247340 frjohn@live.co.uk


Saturday 22nd June Christ Church, St Leonards Fr Nick Archer - 01424 259231 nw.archer@hotmail.com

A series of reflective prayer afternoons exploring the mysteries of the rosary. Ideal for newcomers to the rosary and seasoned users alike. For logisitics purposes please let the contact at the location of your choice know that you will be attending.

The National Pilgrimage 2019

2019 National Pilgrimage

Sunday 26th May - 9.00 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Vigil of Prayer through the Night;

Monday 27th May - 9.45 am Benediction

12 noon Concelebrated Mass - Principal Celebrant: The Bishop of Burnley (The Right Revd Philip North) - Abbey Grounds;

2:30 pm Sermon, Procession & Benediction - Preacher: The Archbishop of Canterbury (The Most Revd Justin Welby);

6:00 pm Solemn Vespers in the Shrine Church

The West Yorkshire Police Band will play during the lunch interval in the Abbey Grounds and after Benediction in the Common Place.

Cathedral welcomes new Archdeacon of Chichester

The new Archdeacon of Chichester, The Venerable Luke Irvine-Capel SSC, will be welcomed to his new post at a special service in Chichester Cathedral this Thursday (9 May) at 5.30pm.

In an interview, broadcast today on the Diocesan website, Fr Luke looks forward to his new role and explains how he is “excited about the challenges that lie ahead”.

In this short video, he also talks about finding ways to “further the ministry and mission of the church”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OEJ7ATeNAE&feature=youtu.be

Read the full news article on  https://www.chichester.anglican.org/news/2019/05/07/cathedral-welcome-new-archdeacon-chichester/


Sri Lanka response from our Muslim neighbours

The Bishop of Chichester called on the Diocese to continue its wave of prayer for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka and our Muslim neighbours in Sussex responded with heartfelt support. 

Bishop Martin comments "Let us pray for the grace and humility to live by the gift of peace that Jesus bequeathed to his friends."

Read the full news article on https://www.chichester.anglican.org/news/2019/04/30/prayers-and-support-our-muslim-neighbours/ 

New Principal of the College of The Resurrection, Mirfield

The Bishop of Horsham, The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, has been appointed as the new Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner comments “From the moment of his arrival in the diocese of Chichester, Bishop Mark has been involved in challenging circumstances that have concerned safeguarding. His attention to detail and process has won widespread recognition and respect, locally and at a national level.

To read the full news article, go to https://www.chichester.anglican.org/news/2019/04/30/bishop-horsham-be-principal-college-resurrection/ 

Bishops visit Mosques to show solidarity

The bishops of Chichester, Horsham and Lewes visited Mosques in Crawley to express the Christian Church’s solidarity with Muslim worshippers following recent events in New Zealand and, closer to home, in the Midlands.

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, who visited Broadfield Mosque, said: “I have come to this mosque in Crawley to express, on behalf of the Christian Church in Sussex, our solidarity with you who are our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

He added: “We shared in the international shock and revulsion at the news of the shootings at the Friday Prayers in Christchurch. This was a cowardly attack on vulnerable people. It was a crime against humanity.”

But Dr Warner was also concerned about “the attacks on 5 mosques in Birmingham which is further evidence of a campaign that is evil in its origins, planning and consequences.”

Dr Warner said: “We, as Christians, believe that the attacks in Christchurch and in Birmingham demonstrate a sacrilegious spirit in the world today. Like you, we are also people committed to religious faith. And we recognise that we have much in common, sharing our veneration of Abraham and deep traditions that promote the virtues of truth, of peace and of justice.

“But we are driven to condemn the desecration of your sacred places and the violation of your freedom to live and pray as Muslims in this, or any country that claims to be a civilised, tolerant and just society.

“Hatred of this kind affects all of us, regardless of what our faith might be. As Muslim and Christian, we must find a way to break the destructive cycle of fear and hatred. This land faces many challenges to the flourishing of its people in all the richness of our diversity.

“Let us, as people of faith, be known as those who are the foundation of a society in which kindness and respect shape the quality of our life.”

The Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, met members of Langley Green Mosque whilst the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby visited Noor Mosque.

Photo courtesy of Jim Holden

New Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling

A new Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling has been appointed. Nicola, who took up the role on 1 March, will oversee the confidential counselling service for clergy and their families, the pastoral care policy on the website and further developing the programme of well-being support and training for clergy in the diocese. Sue Mulvoy will continue in her role as Assistant Officer for Pastoral Care and Counselling, working alongside Nicola. The contact details for the self-referral system can be found at https://www.chichester.anglican.org/pastoralcare/ 

New Registrar Appointed

The Diocese of Chichester is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Deputy Diocesan Registrar, Darren Oliver.

Gabrielle Higgins, Diocesan Secretary welcomed the appointment. She said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Deputy Registrar, Darren Oliver. Darren brings a wealth of ecclesiastical law experience and will remain joint Registrar of the Diocese of Oxford with John Rees. I greatly look forward to working with him.”

Mr Oliver will be visiting both the Bishop’s Palace and Church House this week as he marks the start of his role in Chichester.
Photo courtesy of Tom Pilston

Diocesan Lent Course

Diocesan Lent course explores Vocation

Parishes are being encouraged to explore vocations through the lens of the Diocesan Lent course this year.

The Lent course, Living Christ, has been written by Revd Dominic Keech and Revd Nicol Kinrade.

Dan Inman, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, oversaw the planning for the Year of Vocation. He said: “We encounter Christians across Sussex exploring what it means to live out their vocation to know, love and follow Jesus. This year we invite participants in the course to ponder how they are living out their own baptism."

The Lent booklet PDF is available to view here Booklets can be printed to order free from the diocesan online shop here. All the Lent videos are now ready to view or download here or contact Luci Fievet if you would prefer a memory stick posted out to you.

Please register your parish or deanery group here

Nominations for the Order of St Richard

Bishop Martin has written to all clergy to encourage nominations for an award for lay people.

The annual award, the Order of St Richard, is for lay people within the Diocese who have made exceptional contributions to the parish, the local community or the Diocese.

Ten people will be nominated from each Archdeaconry every year for the award.

In his letter, Bishop Martin encourages clergy to draw upon people from a range of different backgrounds and ages. He said: “I am writing to you now to encourage you to nominate someone in your congregation(s) who you think fulfils the criterion of ‘exceptional service’. So please look around your congregation(s) and think about those whose lay ministry should be recognised and celebrated in this way.”

Nomination should be made using the specially designed nomination form which asks for a rationale for why the person has been nominated for ‘exceptional service’.

Nomination should also be supported by two lay sponsors who will also complete a nomination form. The nominations are confidential and the closure date for nominations is 31 May 2019.

An award ceremony will take place annually in the Autumn in the Cathedral at which the Bishop will confer upon those nominated, the Order of St Richard. In 2019, the award ceremony will take place on 5 October.

The nominations should be sent to Bishop Martin’s chaplain Stephen Ferns


Diocese commended for Setting God's People Free

The Diocese of Chichester has been commended by the Church of England for its work in Setting God's People Free - a national Church of England initiative enabling the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus.

Archdeacon Fiona who heads up the SGPF diocesan planning group said: “We are delighted to get this commendation. It’s really encouraging and marks a new chapter in our work with parishes and schools.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from a recent campaign and now have 40 SGPF champions from across Sussex and 10 supporting parishes to help promote lay ministry and discipleship and act as an advocate for lay people.

“We are putting the final touches to our first ever lay ministry conference, Everyday Disciple, which is open to all of God’s people and I am thrilled to announce, alongside a very strong programme of workshops, Nick Shepherd as our Keynote speaker. Nick is the National Director of the SGPF initiative for the Church of England.”

The conference takes place on 16 March at Sussex University and is now open for registration. Everyday Disciple - 16 March Lay Conference Everyday Disciple is the title of our lay conference in March, led by lay people for lay people. It takes place on Saturday 16 March at Sussex University.

There are now only 9 places left.

Find out more and please register your attendance here

Planned Workshops are as follows:

SGPF for Readers – Nick Shepherd

Talking about God at work – Tim Worley

Telling our faith story – Archdeacon Fiona

Helping young people speak about their faith – Dan Jenkins

SGPF in the parish – Rob Dillingham

Spirituality for Every Day Discipleship – Terry Biddington

The Diocesan SGPF Team are:

Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham

Jayne Prestwood, Diocesan Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry

Catherine Butcher, Director of Communications for Hope and Reader in St John's Meads, Eastbourne

Andy Angel, Vicar of St Andrew's Burgess Hill

New Archdeacon of Chichester appointed

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has announced today that The Revd Luke Irvine-Capel SSC, currently Rector of Christ Church, St Leonards-on-Sea, is to be the next Archdeacon of Chichester.

Fr. Luke began his ministry in the Church of Wales after training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield. He moved to the London Diocese in 2003 to be Rector of Cranford, before taking up the post of Vicar of St Gabriel’s, Pimlico. In 2013 he was licensed as Rector of Christ Church and St Mary Magdalen and St Peter and St Paul, St Leonards-on-Sea. In 2017 he was also licensed as the interim Priest in Charge of St Clements with All Saints, Hastings, while continuing as Rector of Christ Church, St Leonards.

His appointment as archdeacon was welcomed today by The Bishop of Chichester: “Luke Irvine-Capel has rapidly been recognised in this diocese as a prayerful, wise and effective pastor, a missionary priest who has seen his congregation grow, and a person of theological depth who can apply his intellect to the wide range of complex issues that face any incumbent.

He added: “I am confident that he will move swiftly and carefully into the ministry of an archdeacon, serving those in his care with the same dedication that has marked his ministry in parishes.”

Fr Luke, who is married to Ruth, a teacher, said: “I am honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve the Diocese as Archdeacon of Chichester. While I will miss Christ Church, St Leonards and St Clement with All Saints, Hastings, after five and a half happy years, my time there has enriched my life in many ways, which I know will help sustain me in my new responsibilities.

“We are each called to walk into the fulfilment of Our Lord’s promises and should do so with confidence, hope and joy. With that in mind, I look forward to deepening my knowledge and understanding of all the parishes in the Archdeaconry to help build a community of mutual support and learning, so as to give ever more effective witness to the Good News.”

Fr Luke and Ruth have three children aged 13, 12 and 8. In their spare time, they enjoy music and taking Dunstan, the family dog, out on regular walks, allowing them to explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and coastal walks.

As Archdeacon, Fr Luke will work as one of four archdeacons supporting the Bishop, suffragan bishops and other senior staff members in the day to day running of the Diocese.

He succeeds The Venerable Douglas McKittrick who retired last year.

Fr Luke will be licensed as Archdeacon on Thursday 9 May at 5.30pm in Chichester Cathedral.