St. Wilfrid in Sussex


In many ways St. Wilfrid can also be described as the Apostle of Sussex. Whilst he was officially based in the north of England, he undertook much missionary work in the south. Hence there are Catholic churches dedicated to Wilfrid in Burgess Hill, Hailsham and Selsey; where he founded a monastery. There are Anglican churches dedicated to St. Wilfrid at Brighton, Bognor, Horley, Chichester, Bosham and Portsmouth. It was whilst Wilfrid was in Sussex that he was reputed to have had a vision of St. Michael calling him to cross the Solent to convert the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight. The Catholic Church at Bembridge is dedicated to St. Michael to commemorate this event.


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