…The Cathedral of Our Lady and Saint Philip Howard

The Church & the Chapel

My previous posts explained what happened to the Arundel church building after King Henry VIII parted from the Church of Rome and declared himself Head of The Church of England. Despite Henry’s actions Catholic missionary priests were able to continue their teachings in Arundel:

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

The reign of King Henry VIII saw traumatic change with the dissolution of the monasteries and religious houses. In 1544 the College was dissolved and in 1558 the old Catholic hierarchy came to an end. It was from this time until 1748 that Arundel was served in secret from Slindon House, in a neighbouring parish, where missionary priests were provided by the Kemp family. From 1748 there commences list of reinstated Catholic chaplains who served the domestic chapel which had been reinstated in  Arundel Castle; they also served the Catholic population of Arundel until 1850, when the Catholic hierarchy was re-established and a rector of the parish appointed once more.*

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

The old chapel of the College throughout all these vicissitudes remained in Catholic hands; it is now called the Fitzalan Chapel and is where Requiem Masses are still offered for the founder of the Cathedral and all those buried in its vaults. It forms the chancel of the old parish church and, despite the sorrows of the Reformation, it is an enduring witness to Catholic continuity. Although divided from the now Anglican Church by a 14th-century grille and latterly a glass screen, this in no way implies a division in faith, but rather a protection of the privacy of what has always been a private chapel. It was from this chapel in 1971 that the mortal remains of St Philip Howard were brought to be enshrined in the cathedral which now proudly claims him as patron.*

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

This great church owes its existence to the generosity and foresight of Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal, who commissioned the building in 1869. The architect was Joseph Aloysius Hansom.

Arundel Cathedral

The church opened on the 1st July 1873 as the Catholic Parish Church of Arundel. It was originally dedicated to St. Philip Neri but when the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton was created in 1935 the church became the Cathedral of our Lady and St. Philip. In 1971 the remains of the martyred 13th Earl of Arundel, St. Philip Howard (1557-1595) were enshrined in the Cathedral and the dedication was changed to the present one of Our Lady and St. Philip Howard.**

* From the Arundel Cathedral guidebook

** From a welcome message on entry to the Cathedral

14 Comments CherryPie on Feb 20th 2019

14 Responses to “Arundel Cathedral…”

  1. Amfortas says:

    A Beautiful place and so carefully ‘inclusive’ over so many years. Few nations have such wonderful edifices in their cultural treasury.

  2. Alan says:

    I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing inside this for myself so thank you for these views.

  3. Such a stunning church with so many treasures. A lovely set of images. Have a good weekend Cherry.

  4. The Yum List says:

    I love that shot looking straight up from the front door.

  5. I love wandering around cathedrals, there’s so much to see and the architecture is stunning. I’ve never been to Arundel cathedral, but I’ll have to put it on my list to visit one day.

  6. Shabana says:

    What a magnificent history dear Cherie!

    glad you shared some part of guide book with us here

    one of the most exquisite cathedral i have ever seen

    it has such a mysterious appeal for eyes !

  7. Now we need Theresa May to act like Henry VIII.
    Declare herself the head of EU! Ha… Looks like we are going to postpone the divorce date.