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Bishop Martin pays tribute to Bishop Geoffrey Rowell.

Bishop Martin pays tribute to Bishop Geoffrey Rowell.

Bishop Geoffrey Rowell died peacefully in St Wilfrid’s Hospice on Trinity Sunday.

Geoffrey's long association with the Diocese of Chichester has been characterised by the generosity with which he shared his gifts of holiness, learning, and personal friendship. We shall miss his presence, his imaginative understanding of the past and of traditions that enrich our own, his humour, his hospitality, and his encouragement of younger scholars, lay and ordained, and the enthusiasm with which he helped them identify the value of their hopes and plans.

Geoffrey died as he had lived: in the rhythm of liturgical prayer, and fortified by the sacramental life that is the mark of a Catholic Christian.

Giving thanks for Geoffrey, we now pray that God will grant him “a holy rest, safe lodging, and peace at the last”. And in the resurrection may he enjoy the vision glorious that his longing eyes had so clearly glimpsed on earth.

Bishop Geoffrey Rowell Funeral Date: It has now been confirmed that Bishop Geoffrey's funeral will take place in Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday, July 5 at 2.30pm. Further details will follow

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