Remembering the saint of the Sussex towns
CARDINAL GRIFFIN, Archbishop Godfrey, Apostolic Dele gate, and seven Bishops have accepted Bishop Cowderoy of Southwark's invitation to attend celebrations in Brighton and Hove for the seventh centenary of the death of St. Richard of Chichester.
The Mayor of Brighton will give a civic reception in the Royal Pavilion on Saturday evening, October 10, and on the following day there will be Pontifical High Mass in each of the seven churches of the district.
A pageant play. written and produced by Mr. Alan Rye pageant master at the Hierarchy celebrations at Wembley will be given in the Dome on Sunday afternoon. and there will be a dinner later in the Royal Pavilion.
Lived in poverty
St. Richard was born in Drollwich, Worcs. hut it is as a saint of Sussex that he is chiefly honoured. His father. Richard de Wyche, died while he was still young, and the son, after restoring the estate to good condition, went to Oxford, where he and two companions lived in such poverty that they attended lectures alternately, using one gown which they shared between them. Richard's learning and sanctity became so well known that Archbishop Edmund Rich of Canterbury and Bishop Grosseteste of Lincoln both offered him the post of chancellor in their respective dioceses. He accepted the Archbishop's offer and became a firm friend of St.' Edmund.
Richard was later ordained at Orleans, became vicar of Deal and rector of Charring, and then was induced to return to his old post of chancellor.
In 1244 the Bishop of Chichester died, the election of Robert Passelwe. Archdeacon of the dioces e. was quashed, and Richard was elected Bishop-to the annoyance of Henry who refused to give him the temporalities of his see.
Appeal to the Pope
The saint took his case to Pope Innocent IV, who consecrated him himself at Lyons. Richard returned to England, where after some years Henry gave him his rights.
After preaching the Crusade in London at the invitation of the King. Richard went to Dover, where he was to consecrate a new church of St. Edmund. He was taken ill, consecrated the church, and the next morning died in the Maison Dieu Hospital.
Mass on Japan's sacred mountain
In a little stone building on the summit of Mount Fuji, the highest and most beautiful mountain in Japan. Mass was offered last week by an Australian priest, Fr. Anthony Glynn. nniS.M. Ten other climbers were pr pr
Mount Fuji, a 12,000-ft. volcano, has been extinct for more than 200 years. Now, about 100.000 people climb to the summit every year. The earliest known record of Mass being said on the mountain was in 1893, by Bishop Berlioz of Hakodate.
Died on pilgrimage
Mrs. Elizabeth Rochford. aged 72, of Esh Winning, County Durham, died in hospital at Boulogne while on her way to Lourdes as a pilgrim. She had been taken ill during the crossing to France.