Bishop Richard Moth has been appointed as the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton.
The diocese covers Sussex and Surrey including the parish of St Marys in Crowborough.
Bishop Moth, currently Bishop of the Forces, will be installed in his new role in May.
The previous bishop, the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, resigned last September after he said he had been ‘unfaithful’ to his promises as a Catholic priest and brought ‘shame’ on the diocese. An inquiry into his resignation is still ongoing.
Bishop Moth was born in Zambia and moved to the UK at the age of two. He was educated at St Judd School in Tonbridge and was ordained in 1982.
Bishop Richard Moth said:
It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me. In these last fifty years since the foundation of the Diocese, so much has been done to build up the Church and in the proclamation of the Gospel and, with God’s help, I look to guide and serve the Diocese to that same end.