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!
Masses and Events Suspended Until Further Notice
In accordance with the instructions from HM Government the Cathedral is now closed until further notice. The Mass continues to be said each day, without a congregation, together with other prayers for the Parish and the wider community.
Live Streaming of services from the Cathedral started with Bishop Richard celebrating the 11.15am Mass on Sunday 29th March.
Please view the Live Streams (current, planned and completed), on the Arundel Cathedral Live YouTube Channel
Live Streaming Schedule
Sunday 29th March
11.15am Mass from the Cathedral – celebrant Bishop Richard
12.00pm Re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry – celebrant Bishop Richard
Sunday 5th April 11.15am Palm Sunday – celebrant Canon David
Pope Francis has decided not to celebrate the Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Rome, preferring instead to postpone it to a later date. In solidarity with that decision, the Bishops of England and Wales have decided to postpone the Chrism Masses that were due to be celebrated in their own dioceses. Therefore, the Chrism Mass which was due to be live streamed on Wednesday 8th April has now been postponed. It will be celebrated after the ‘all-clear’ is given from Public Health England.
The Sacred Paschal Triduum
Thursday 9th April 8pm Thursday of the Lord’s Supper – celebrant Bishop Richard. With camera on the tabernacle until midnight.
Friday 10th April 3pm Friday of the Passion of the Lord – celebrant Bishop Richard
Saturday 11th April 8.30pm The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – celebrant Bishop Richard
Sunday 12th April 11.15am Mass during the Day – celebrant Canon David
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