About Saint Richard

Saint Richard of Chichester

Richard de la Wych, better known as St. Richard of Chichester, was born c. 1197. After becoming a priest and serving in Kent, he was appointed Bishop of Chichester in 1245. He died at Dover in 1253 at the age of 55 at a home for poor priests and pilgrims. Bishop Richard was canonized in 1262. The anniversary of St. Richard’s death on April 3 often falls at Easter time. Therefore it is celebrated on June 16th, which is the date his body was transferred from a tomb in the north aisle of Chichester Cathedral to a platform behind the high altar.


Saint Richard’s Prayer

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which Thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults which Thou hast borne for me, O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may we know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly, day by day.


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