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Archbishop and Cardinal write to A&B parishioners  after resignation of Bishop Conry
Archbishop and Cardinal write to A&B parishioners after resignation of Bishop Conry

Following the unexpected resignation of the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Bishop Kieran Conry, Archbishop Peter Smith, who leads the Archdiocese of Southwark, and Cardinal Emeritus Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who served as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton for 24 years, before he came to Westminster, have sent letters of support to the Diocese which will be read out at all Masses this weekend.   The texts of both letters follows below.

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Bishop Keiran Conry resigns
Bishop Keiran Conry resigns

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Bishop Kieran Conry, has announced his resignation, in a letter to to be read out at all Masses in the diocese this weekend. The statement read: “I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest. I would like to reassure you that my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors. As a result, however, I have decided to offer my resignation as bishop with immediate effect and will now take some time to consider my future.

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What is attracting people to the Catholic Church?
What is attracting people to the Catholic Church?

The results of a national Catholic evangelisation project published today (Thursday) give a unique insight into what is attracting people to the Catholic Faith. Beauty and art, using Catholic signs and symbols; use of everyday language and offering opportunities for a one-to-one with someone of faith, are just some of the simple and effective means and methods of evangelisation that have been identified through the work of the ‘Crossing the Threshold’ project.

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Church welcomes more than 3,500 candidates for Rite for Election
Church welcomes more than 3,500 candidates for Rite for Election

More than 3,500 people came together in Catholic cathedrals around England and Wales over the weekend for the Rite of Election, in which catechumens and candidates make a public commitment to entering into full communion with the Catholic Church. At Easter they will be be received into the Church in their own parishes. Bishop Kieran Conry  national Chair of the Bishops’ Department that oversees the work of Catholic evangelisation said: “This is one of the most joyful and expectant times of the year

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Digital drive to get Catholics back to Confession
Digital drive to get Catholics back to Confession
Bishop Kieran Conry, is leading a drive to invite Catholics back to Confession this Lent, and he is keen to highlight how your mobile phone can help you to prepare to make a good Confession – whether it is your first Confession in 30 years, or you go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly in your local parish. This follows a national survey of Cathedrals conducted last year which highlighted a rise in the number of people going to Confession, and a call for additional resources to help people prepare for the Sacrament and know what to say.
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The Bible:  'answer to seasonal stress and anxiety'
The Bible: 'answer to seasonal stress and anxiety'
"The Bible offers everyone, especially those experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety in these weeks leading up to Christmas, life-changing words of peace and hope," affirmed the Catholic bishop who oversees the work of mission in England and Wales. Speaking ahead of Bible Sunday which falls in the Catholic calendar on 8 December 2013, Bishop Kieran Conry, Chair of the Bishops’ Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, said: “Advent and Christmas can be times of great stress for many people,
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Worth Abbey: new abbot receives formal blessing
Worth Abbey: new abbot receives formal blessing
On a festive afternoon, Worth Abbey Church in Sussex was packed with more than 700 well-wishers, last Sunday, gathered to participate in the Abbatial Blessing of Dom Luke Jolly, the monastery's sixth abbot. Bishop Kieran Conry, Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, presided at the Abbatial Blessing, in the presence of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster, along with English Benedictine Abbot President Richard Yeo, and Benedictine abbots and abbesses
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Bishop Conry issues Pastoral Letter on relations with Muslims during Ramadan
Bishop Conry issues Pastoral Letter on relations with Muslims during Ramadan
During the Muslim holy season of Ramadan, Bishop Kieran Conry has written a Pastoral Letter to be read over the weekend 20th - 21st July in all churches in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton which covers Surrey and Sussex highlighting the teaching of the Church on our relations with other religions, but especially with Muslims. Bishop Conry refers to the documents from the Second Vatican Council of the Church held in 1960s and in particular to Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) issued in 1965.
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New priest ordained for Arundel & Brighton
New priest ordained for Arundel & Brighton
On a warm summer's evening, Surrey-born Deacon Simon Dray was ordained a priest by Bishop Kieran Conry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton at Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis in West Sussex on Wednesday 10 July. A packed church, filled to overflowing saw him ordained for service in the church in Surrey and Sussex. He was joined not only by his parents Sheila and Chris and his brother Brian, but also family, parishioners of Bognor Regis
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Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Festival
Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Festival
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton held a wonderful Festival Day at St Wilfrid's Catholic School in Crawley on Sunday 23 June. Despite the cool and overcast weather the hundreds of parishioners from around the Diocese had an uplifting and joyful day. More than 700 people passed through the doors during the Festival from babes in arms to pensioners and from many nations joined together in a common faith in God. The day was led by Bishop Kieran Conry who began the day with prayer, offered a presentation on praying through art and ended by leading
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Bishops issue study guide for parishes to promote scripture
Bishops issue study guide for parishes to promote scripture
A new resource has been launched by the Bishops’ Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis to promote a deeper appreciation of the place of the Bible in the Catholic community in England and Wales, and to support the new evangelisation. ‘The Word of the Lord: Discovering Verbum Domini’ has been written to help people study the Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, which followed the 2008 Synod on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. It is thought to be the only the Study Guide introducing the Apostolic Exhortation,
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Invitation to Tweet favourite Bible passages
Invitation to Tweet favourite Bible passages
Twitter users across England and Wales are being invited to share their faith by tweeting their favourite Bible passages. Beginning on the Feast of St Mark on 25 April, for seven days, the Bishops' Conference website will post a selection of the bishops favourite passages and Catholic twitter users are invited to do the same. The initiative coincides with the Word of The Lord Conference happening in Ushaw near Durham, 24-26 April. The conference is the first national Catholic Scripture conference that has been offered for a generation
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HCPT’s 58th Pilgrimage to Lourdes – Being the ‘hands of the Lord’
HCPT’s 58th Pilgrimage to Lourdes – Being the ‘hands of the Lord’
This year’s annual Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes of HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust - attracted more than 200 groups from many UK and Irish Dioceses and from as far afield as Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, United States and the West Indies. The lively Trust Mass on 4 April was celebrated by Bishop John Rawsthorne of Hallam Diocese, the out-going President of the Trust, and the congregation of around 5,000 included more than one and a half thousand children with special needs.
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Bishop Kieran Conry: Pastoral Letter on Feast of the Holy Family
Bishop Kieran Conry: Pastoral Letter on Feast of the Holy Family
Bishop Kieran Conry of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton has issued the following pastoral letter for the weekend following Christmas for the Feast of the Holy Family.... A family in one of our parishes in Surrey had two girls from Africa staying with them recently, and the mother was telling me about some of the questions that arose as they had to begin to get used to another culture. One evening she prepared a meal and sat the two girls down with her own two daughters.
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Bishop Kieran Conry on Heart to Heart
Bishop Kieran Conry on Heart to Heart
An interview with Bishop Kieran Conry, talking about the Year of Faith features on Premier Heart to Heart's latest on-line Catholic audio magazine which is being sent out to subscribers on Thursday. There's also a timely feature on the work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society - notably their Twinnage scheme, and Mgr Keith Barltrop speaking about the CTS publication of his book '25 Tough Questions on the Catholic Faith'. The new edition also has updates on the Little Way Art Competition for Schools, run in partnership with the Catholic Bishops Conference
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Celebration of priesthood in Arundel & Brighton
Celebration of priesthood in Arundel & Brighton
A special Mass took place at Arundel Cathedral last Thursday, to celebrate the priestly jubilees of 13 priests. The chief celebrant was Bishop Kieran Conry, who offered his gratitude on behalf of the people of the diocese for their service over the years, especially to those celebrating golden, ruby and silver jubilees of priestly ordination. The Jubilarians pictured with Bishop Kieran on the day, are: Mgr Benny O'Shea, Fr John Downey MCCCJ
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Don’t be slaves to branding – ‘love fashion, hate sweatshops’
Don’t be slaves to branding – ‘love fashion, hate sweatshops’
The annual Justice and Peace Assembly of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton took place on Saturday 21st January in Crawley. Entitled 'Slaves to Branding' it focused on the exploitation of overseas workers in the clothing industry. Bishop Kieran  Conry welcomed everyone to the day and reminded them that Justice and Peace is an integral, not optional, part of the
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New team at St Cassians
New team at St Cassians
Bishop Kieran Conry celebrated a special Commissioning Mass at St Cassian’s, the De La Salle Brothers retreat centre at Kintbury, near Newbury in Wiltshire,  for the 2011-2012 volunteer Youth Team. The centre, run by the De la Salle Brothers, runs retreats for school groups, young adults and families. The ‘Kintbury Experience’ provides the opportunity for each person to develop
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Celebrations to mark anniversary of Papal Visit to UK
Celebrations to mark anniversary of Papal Visit to UK
The Bishop responsible for Mission in England and Wales is inviting Catholic parishes, families, groups and individuals to celebrate and share their experiences of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK. Bishop Kieran Conry (Arundel and Brighton) is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis and said in a video message
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Three new priests ordained in Arundel for the Ordinariate
Three new priests ordained in Arundel for the Ordinariate
Three former Anglican clergy were ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by Bishop Kieran Conry of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton in Arundel Cathedral, on Friday, 17 June. The three men are: Fr Neil Chatfield, Fr Geoff Cook and Fr Ron Robinson.
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Bishop Conry introducing new Missal in Arundel & Brighton
Bishop Conry introducing new Missal in Arundel & Brighton
With the introduction of the new English translation of the Roman Missal planned for this autumn, Bishop Kieran Conry will be speaking at three evening sessions in the diocese of Arundel & Brighton to reflect on and discuss the new text..  These sessions which are open to all will take place on Tuesday 15 March at St Martha's, Bexhill, Wednesday 16 March at St Joseph's, Epsom or Thursday 24 March at St John's, Horsham.
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Three new priests for Arundel and Brighton
Three new priests for Arundel and Brighton
Three new priests are being ordained for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in the new year. Bishop Kieran will ordain Alex Hill, Kevin O’Donnell and Gerard Hatton in January and February. Last month Bishop Kieran ordained Alex Hill and Kevin O'Donnell as Deacons. They are both former Anglicans, married with children.
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Bishop Keiran Conry writes on child abuse and the Church
Bishop Keiran Conry writes on child abuse and the Church
Bishop Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton writes in Newsweek today: 'When I went to work for the Catholic Church's media office in London in 1993, the three most common news stories about the church had to do with contraception, celibacy, and condoms.
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'Unthinkable' not to witness to faith during Holy Week and Easter
'Unthinkable' not to witness to faith during Holy Week and Easter
" .. Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelisation: it is unthinkable that a person should accept the Word and give himself to the kingdom without becoming a person who bears witness to it and proclaims it in his turn."
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Installation of Archbishop Bernard Longley
Installation of Archbishop Bernard Longley
Archbishop Bernard Longley was Installed as the Ninth Archbishop of Birmingham, in the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham, during a special Mass  today, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
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St Monica inspires mothers' prayers
St Monica inspires mothers' prayers
As Advent approaches, Catholic mothers are being invited to follow the example of St Monica and pray for children who have become distant from parish life. Speaking for the launch of the 'Come Home For Christmas' campaign, Bishop Kieran Conry
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Racial Justice Sunday
Racial Justice Sunday
Catholic parishes across England and Wales will observe Racial Justice Sunday this weekend. This year is especially important because it is also the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ).
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