The Eternal High Priest is Jesus Christ himself 

CH. 5


After Ascending to heaven, Jesus left us the seven sacraments as a means of perpetuating His physical presence in the Church. In order to carry out this ministry, He established a new priesthood, commanding His twelve disciples to celebrate the sacraments in His name. In the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly before His passion and death, and echoing the High Priestly Prayer of Leviticus chapter 16, He prayed to the Father for the disciples: “For their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth” (John 17:19).

Following His command to “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mk 16:15), the twelve travelled the world over, establishing new churches and appointing bishops to govern them in their place. The office of priest emerged as the Church grew rapidly in size and the bishop could not personally attend to every community within in his territory. For this reason, just as the apostles had shared their authority with the bishops by the laying on of hands, the bishops shared their authority with other men, who thereby became priests.

When Thomas is ordained, he will celebrate the sacraments in the name of Bishop Richard, who himself acts in the name of Christ, the Eternal High Priest. Thomas will be ordained by Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, with representatives of the diocesan clergy in attendance. 

bishop richard moth

Born 8 July 1958 in Chingola, Zambia and ordained priest 3 July 1982. He was installed as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on the 28 May 2015, having previously served as Bishop of the Forces since 2009.


Thomas is a seminarian of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton who has been studying at St John’s seminary in Wonersh since 2013. He has been recommended for ordination to the priesthood in July 2020.

The current climate dictates that whilst the ordination mass will go ahead, the congregation will be small, and will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as the guidelines for worship from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

Thomas’ formation and ministry to date has involved a great many clergy, religious, communities and individuals from the diocese of Arundel and Brighton and further afield. He would like to offer thanks to everyone that has helped to prepare him for this special day. 

He would also like to offer thanks to all who have sent well wishes and attended virtually. When it is safe and appropriate to do so, he will be very glad to see you at a special celebratory Mass of thanksgiving.


The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton was formed on 28 May 1965. It covers the counties of East and West Sussex, Surrey outside the Greater London boundary south of the Thames, and the City of Brighton and Hove. There are presently eighty-four priests in active ministry, spread across ninety-one parishes. There are also numerous religious congregations and Catholic schools.