Diocese of ChichesterDiocese of Chichester

Death of Bishop Geoffrey Rowell. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. AMEN.

Death of Bishop Geoffrey Rowell. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. AMEN.

The Bishop of Chichester today (Trinity Sunday) asked parishes in his Diocese to remember the soul of Bishop Geoffrey, who died earlier today.

Bishop Geoffrey was an assistant bishop in the Diocese and Bishop Martin had been able to spend some time with him in recent days.

+Geoffrey was previously Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe in the Church of England's Diocese in Europe from 2001.

Before that he was Bishop of Basingstoke from 1994-2001, he was chaplain and fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Theology from 1972-94.

+Geoffrey served for 10 years on the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and subsequently on the Doctrine Commission.

Interestingly, Beyond the Church of England, he served as chairman of the Churches’ Funerals Group, the main liaison body between the Churches and the UK government on death-related topics.

He had of course wide experience of ecumenical work and has a long-standing interest in the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches.

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.