Arundel Cathedral2020-10-23T17:43:49+01:00

Welcome to the new website for Arundel Cathedral – the Cathedral Church for the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton!

Built astride a hill the Cathedral sits majestically, overlooking the ancient town of Arundel and stands out as an inspiring landmark in West Sussex. Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, was responsible for the commissioning of the present building in December 1868. The architect was Joseph Hansom, known principally for invention of the Hansom Cab, who had designed a variety of Catholic churches, convents and other buildings.

Construction began in late 1869 in French Gothic style and was opened on 1 July 1873. Originally the church was dedicated to the sixteenth century Italian priest, St. Philip Neri (1515-1595). St. Philip’s was seen to be a parish church for the Catholic community of Arundel and the surrounding villages in the Diocese of Southwark. With Duke Henry’s devotion to St. Philip Neri, an altar was built with stained glass windows above showing scenes from his life as well as a statue.

With the new Diocese of Arundel and Brighton created in 1965 the church became a Cathedral, with the dedication changing to ‘Our Lady and St. Philip Neri.’ Subsequently in 1971, the remains of the martyred 13th Earl of Arundel, St. Philip Howard (1557-1595), were brought from the Fitzalan Chapel in the grounds of Arundel Castle and enshrined in the Cathedral.

The Cathedral’s dedication finally changed in 1973 to ‘Our Lady and St. Philip Howard’. This followed the canonisation of Philip Howard together with 39 English and Welsh martyrs of the Reformation on 25 October 1970.

So if you are in West Sussex, put Arundel Cathedral on your ‘must see’ list!

Once a year there is Corpus Christi – the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ that takes place 60 days after Easter. A world famous Carpet of Flowers is laid for visitors to see for a few days prior to the Mass and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to Arundel Castle.

The Cathedral also supports the annual Arundel Festival by being a venue for the highly popular Arts Trail around the historic town.

All year round there are concerts and recitals being performed in the Cathedral.

We hope you’ll enjoy browsing through the website. Discover more about the clergy, the parish community, the Cathedral Centre, Gift Shop and all the important times of Masses and Confession alongside our latest weekly newsletter and parish magazine. There are also some inspiring videos taken showing Arundel Cathedral at night time and the beauty of the Cathedral’s interior!

Cathedral Opening Times

Tuesday 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm
Thursday 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm
Friday 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm
Saturday 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm
Sunday 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm-4pm

Weekday Mass is celebrated at 10am from Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday Mass is celebrated at 6pm on Saturday (the evening vigil), and on Sunday morning at 9.15am and 11.15am. The Cathedral is closed on Monday.
Please check the weekly Newsletter or contact the Cathedral Office in case of any amendments which may affect opening hours e.g. funerals and other services.

For test & trace purposes,  please use one of the following when visiting the Cathedral:

1. The test & trace QR code

2. The consent form

3. E-mail us with your date & time of visit.

Thank you.
To enable the social distancing rules to be followed, groups of more than 6 (except those in one household) must not gather inside the building.

Entry to the Cathedral is through the North Door (facing London Road under the tower) and exit via the West Door. Please help our stewards by observing this system.

Please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and sanitise your hands on entry with the gel provided, observe the distancing rules and follow the one-way system.

Attendance at Sunday Masses and Requiem Masses must be booked in advance to enable us to keep to our number limit.
The current regulations from the Bishops Conference state that communion should be given in the hand only.

All Masses, including Requiem Masses, are being live streamed on Church Services TV – please follow the link below:

Arundel Cathedral on Church Services TV


Mon 26

Cathedral Closed

October 26
Tue 27

Mass – Knights of the Holy Sepulchre

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wed 28


October 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Thu 29


October 29 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Fri 30


October 30 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat 31

National Rosary Relay Hour

October 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sat 31


October 31 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat 31


October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nov 01


November 1 @ 9:15 am
Nov 01


November 1 @ 11:15 am
Nov 02

Cathedral Closed

November 2
Nov 03


November 3 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Nov 04


November 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Nov 05


November 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Nov 06


November 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Nov 07


November 7 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Nov 07


November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nov 08


November 8 @ 9:15 am
Nov 08


November 8 @ 11:15 am
Nov 09

Cathedral Closed

November 9
Monteverdi Vespers2018-11-04T20:31:01+00:00
Friends of Cathedral Music2018-11-04T20:21:03+00:00
Choral Scholarships2018-11-04T20:04:49+00:00

The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust – Registered Charity No. 252878

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