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From The Ark number 189 - Winter 2001

A Service for Animal Creation

Arundel Cathedral, Sussex, Saturday, September 29 2001 at 2.30 pm

At this major event in the Ark’s year, there will be speeches from Rev Fr Fergus Kerr OP (Regent of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford) and Deborah Jones of the CSCAW.  Prayers will be led by leaders of local churches and young people, in the presence of no fewer than three local Mayors. It is hoped that the cathedral will be filled as we offer thanks, express contrition, and renew our commitment.

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Rt Rev Kieran Conry, is unable to be present but has sent the following message of support:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am sorry that I am unable to be with you today for your special celebration. I shall, of course, be with you in spirit.

Moving to Storrington, in the foothills of the South Downs, I have become very aware of the important role all living creatures play in creation.  Looking out from my study window, the countryside is teeming with rabbits, birds and other wildlife; the pasture beyond is dotted with sheep; the night time reveals foxes and badgers.   The bridleways are crossed by exercising horses and the village is home to many cats, dogs and small animals.  Every one of them has a unique place in God’s plan of creation and we join together in thanksgiving to Him.

Along with the joy that animals bring to the vast majority of us, we also have to acknowledge our sorrow for the misuse and abuse that occurs in our society today and strive to educate and encourage those who do not share the respect and love that God’s creatures deserve.  We stand alongside those who have witnessed the tragedy of foot and mouth disease this year and pray that their lives may be strengthened and their flocks rebuilt.

I send my very best wishes to you all.  To be concerned for the humane treatment of animals and work to that end is both admirable and vitally important.   I pray that your efforts will be well rewarded.

+ Kieran

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