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Bishop-Elect of Her Majesty's Forces

Monsignor Richard Moth has been the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Southwark diocese since 2001.

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, appointed him as Bishop of Her Majesty's Forces on 25th July 2009.

Richard has spent 27 years as a priest in the Southwark diocese.

He was born on 8th July 1958 in Chingola, Zambia and came to England with his parents when he was two years old. The family settled at Edenbridge in Kent.

He attended St Andrew's Convent School, near Edenbridge, from 1963 - 1968 and The Judd School in Tonbridge from 1969 until 1976.

He studied for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, after leaving secondary school and was ordained priest in the Seminary chapel on 3rd July 1982.

His first appointment was as assistant priest at St Bede's, Clapham Park, and, in October 1982, he was also appointed as a Judge for the Southwark Diocesan First Instance Metropolitan Tribunal.

From 1985 until 1987 he undertook further studies in Canon Law at St Paul's University in Ottawa and obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law and subsequently an MA in Canon Law.

On his return from Canada, he was appointed assistant priest at St Saviour and Sts John the Baptist and Evangelist in Lewisham. During his time in the parish, he undertook a part-time appointment as Territorial Army chaplain attached to 217 General Hospital RAMC (V). He also produced a 'Handbook for Clergy on the 1983 Code of Canon Law'.

In 1992, he was appointed as Private Secretary to Archbishop Michael Bowen, Vice-Chancellor, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Diocesan Information Officer and Diocesan Vocation Director.

In 1994, he was appointed as President of the Interdiocesan Appeal Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark.

In 1998, he was appointed as a Papal Chaplain to His Holiness.

In March 2001, he was appointed as Vicar General and Chancellor of the Southwark diocese, and in the July of that year he was appointed a Prelate of Honour.

Bishop-elect Richard is a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and has been involved as Spiritual Director to the Order's pilgrimages to the Holy Land for some years. He has also been their Ecclesiastical Master of Ceremonies since 1993.

He has been a Benedictine Oblate for 30 years.

For relaxation, the Bishop-elect enjoys horse riding and walking.