South Aisle

Set into the wall of the aisle are three confessionals where the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation (also popularly known as Confession) is administered. The last four Stations of the Cross (to which reference was made earlier when discussing the interior) are also set into the wall of this aisle.

Looking down the aisle to the west end are two recent stained glass windows of St. Philip Howard and his wife, Anne Dacre. Philip is shown holding a rosary and his fateful letter to the Queen explaining his reasons for leaving England; in his other hand is a book of devotions. With him is his faithful dog who remained with his Master during the long period of imprisonment.

As a young man, Philip had deserted Anne for the attractions of the Court of Queen Elizabeth I but she remained faithful to him. Like Philip she had been baptised Catholic but brought up as a Protestant. She was reconciled to the Catholic Church a year before her husband and was certainly influential in his decision. Anne remained loyal to Philip throughout his trials and was treated with unnecessary callousness by the Queen. She outlived her husband by thirty-five years but never married again. She devoted her life to good works and prayer and is best remembered as the foundress and chief benefactor of the Jesuit House at Ghent.

Anne is shown as a young widow who always wore black. She carries the scroll of the foundation of the Jesuit House in Ghent. Beneath each figure is their Coat of Arms. The windows were installed in May 1986 in memory of George Vigar who died in 1984 and who had a great love of Arundel Cathedral and its Patron Saint. The windows were designed by John Lawson and made by Goddard and Gibbs Studios of London.

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