IN HIS FIRST MAJOR appearance in his old Diocese of Arundel and Brighton since his recent retirement as Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal-Cormac MurphyO’Connor will ask “Was Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue worth it?” at a talk held at Worth Abbey, Crawley, West Sussex at 7.30pm on October 29.
Abbot Christopher Jamison will be welcoming all to the abbey church followed by the Cardinal, who will deliver the seventh Richard Stewart memorial lecture reflecting on his many years involvement in working with other Christians and especially with ARCIC (the AnglicanRoman Catholic International Commission).
The Cardinal was for many years the Catholic cochairman of ARCIC, and he has called his lecture “ARCIC: Dead in the Water or Money in the Bank?” Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who was Bishop of Arundel and Brighton from 1977 to 2001, said: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to coming back to the diocese in which I began my connection with ARCIC and to reflect on the fruit of those many years of involvement and dialogue with the Anglican Community. It will also be a chance to see old friends and familiar faces.” The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session before all are welcome to the abbey narthex for wine and nibbles with the Cardinal and abbot.
The lecture is organised by the mission and unity department of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton which works to foster ecumenical action in the diocese with other Christians. As well as encouraging Catholics in the parishes of Arundel and Brighton to work for Christian unity, the department also organizes diocesan wide events such as the Richard Stewart memorial lecture.
John Roberts, mission and unity adviser for Arundel and Brighton diocese, said: “This will be a premier event in the diocese and for all people in Surrey and Sussex interested in fostering Christian unity. I am pleased the tickets for the event, which are free, are already going fast with nearly 500 gone already.