PRIESTS and people of Arundel and Brighton diocese gathered on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate their silver jubilee with a mass and a cricket match. An open air :concelebrated mass on the • cricket ground at Arundel Park was followed by a picnic lunch and a light-hearted cricket match with Bishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor opening the batting for the diocese against a team led by Lord Edward Arundel on behalf of the Duke of Norfolk.
Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark, Bishop Christopher Budd of Plymouth, Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth and Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia joined papal pro-nuncio Archbishop Luigi Barbarito for the mass. The diocese of Arundel and Brighton was formed on May 28, 1965, when East and West Sussex along with the part of Surrey that is outside the boundaries of Greater London were separated from Southwark. The fifteenth century church of St Philip of Arundel became the cathedral of the new diocese.
Its first bishop Michael Cashman died in 1971. His successor Michael Bowen was elevated to Southwark in 1977 when Bishop Cormac O'Connor was appointed.
To celebrate the jubilee a book entitled The A & B Story — The First 25 Years has been published. Compiled by Canon John Stapleton it records in pictures and in words the first 25 years of the diocese.