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Catholic canon’s funeral Mass to be celebrated in Anglican church

Canon Brian O'Sullivan, of Arundel and Brighton Diocese will have his funeral Mass in an Anglican church.

Canon Brian O’Sullivan, who died on Friday August 21st, will have his funeral Mass at his nearby Anglican church to recognise the work he did to bring the Christian community together.

The funeral Mass will be held at the parish of St Andrew and St Cuthman, in Steyning, while a Vigil Mass will be held at the Catholic Church of Christ the King.

The move, while unusual, has been approved by the Anglican Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, in recognition of Canon O’Sullivan’s “commitment to life in Christian unity.”

Canon O’Sullivan was a priest for Arundel and Brighton Diocese.

The funeral Mass will held on Tuesday, September 8th at midday. The Vigil Mass will be held the day before at 7pm at Christ the King, also in Steyning.