Arundel Cathedral Arundel

Built astride a hill Arundel Cathedral sits majestically, overlooking the ancient town of Arundel and stands out as an inspiring landmark in West Sussex.

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Arundel Cathedral is the Cathedral Church for the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, and is home to an exciting calendar of events.

History 

Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, was responsible for the commissioning of the present Arundel cathedral 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.

When did Arundel Church become a Cathedral?

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.

Events

If you’re looking to visit Arundel Cathedral, there are a host of exciting events that must not be missed.

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.

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

Arundel Festival

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

An image of Arundel, West Sussex with the River Arun in the foreground

Arundel Town by Nigel Cull

Cathedral Gift Shop

Walk down the left aisle as you enter Arundel Cathedral and at the corner, turn left to face the Shrine of St. Philip Howard.

To the left of the memorial is the entry to a truly amazing treasury of religious and inspirational gifts together with an extensive range of books for both adults of any age and children including Bibles, Missals and Prayer Books.

With a number of religious cards for all occasions as well as those much-needed ‘blank’ greeting cards and assorted prayer cards, in addition to many other unique gifts, a visit to Arundel Cathedral Gift Shop is not to be missed.

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