Diocese of Chichester


An annual award for lay people within the Diocese who have made exceptional contributions to the parish, the local community, or the Diocese.

In 2019, we launched the Order of St Richard as an annual award for lay people within the Diocese who have made exceptional contributions to the parish, the local community or the Diocese.We had a wonderful, celebratory award ceremony in October 2019 where 40 people received the Order of St Richard in the Cathedral. Sadly, the pandemic meant that we had to cancel our plans for an award ceremony in 2020. But with the vaccination programme underway, we hope very much to hold an award ceremony in the Cathedral on 9 October 2021.

The nominations are confidential and the closure date for nominations is 31 May 2021. Any nominations received in 2020 will be carried over and considered for 2021.

The nomination forms have been sent out to clergy and should be completed and sent to Bishop Martin's chaplain at stephen.ferns@chichester.anglican.org.The nominations will be sent to the Nominations’ Panel (6 people in all chaired by Mrs Sara Stonor DL) The Panel’s recommended 40 nominees then go to bishop Martin for approval.