A Kindly Leader




Chichester Cathedral is close enough to the sea to have been a landmark for sailors, they say. richard1 (333x640)

Here they remember with great affection Bishop Saint Richard, whom we once met at the Catholic Church in Droitwich, the town where he was born.  They tell the story of his life in mosaics, from ploughboy to teacher to bishop.

Richard is barely remembered at Canterbury, though he was chancellor of the Cathedral and a local parish priest. But a school is named after him at Dover where he died.

Over at Chichester Cathedral his statue makes Richard  look like a real human being. People said that his name was appropriate because he was RI-DENS – laughing, CAR-US – dear, and D-ULCIS, gentle. He was strong enough to stand up to King Henry III who did not want him as bishop.

All his strength and humility come out in his famous prayer:

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which Thou has given me; for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for me.





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