Arundel Cathedral – New2024-04-12T10:19:37+01:00

In 1987, after visiting the Sistine Chapel in Rome, sign-painter Gary Bevans felt compelled to recreate Michelangelo’s masterpiece in his local church, English Martyrs’ Church in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex. Remarkably, Bevans discovered that the church’s width matched the Sistine Chapel, making it an ideal canvas for his ambitious project.With the blessing of the parish priest and bishop, Bevans embarked on a five-and-a-half-year journey. Working evenings, weekends, and around his full-time job, he meticulously hand-painted the ceiling onto a wooden vault fixed to the church roof. Acrylic paints brought the iconic biblical scenes and figures to life on this unusual canvas. Today, English Martyrs’ Church boasts the world’s only known replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling which has earned national and international acclaim. The Drone Video above was filmed in English Martyrs on 6th January 2024


‘The Word Who is Life: The Call to Mission’.

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Welcome to the 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!

Covid-19 Important Information

Following the lifting of a number of Covid-19 restrictions by the Government and advice from Bishop Richard together with guidance from the Bishop’s Conference, whilst face coverings are no longer required by law, Bishop Richard is encouraging their use, especially during congregational singing (unless you are exempt).
We are fortunate to have a large church where informal social distancing is possible. Hand sanitising is still encouraged on entry and exit to the Cathedral.
When preparing for and presiding at Mass and also when I distribute Holy Communion I will continue to sanitise my hands, wear a face covering and keep a safe distance (an arm’s length) behind the kneeler. Thank you for your cooperation and please keep us all in your prayers.

With my best wishes and prayers, Canon David


Cathedral Opening Times

Booking is no longer required for any Masses at the Cathedral.
Visiting hours are: Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday 12.30pm – 4pm.
Weekday Mass is celebrated at 10am from Tuesday to Saturday (times do vary, please check the weekly newsletter or the calendar below).
You can contact the Cathedral Office: Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm (01903) 882297 or arundel@abdiocese.org.uk .
All Masses, including Requiem Masses are available via the Cathedral live stream on www.arundelcathedral.uk
These Masses are also available via the live stream directly from Church Services TV (https://www.churchservices.tv/arundel)


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

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