Announcement of the death of
the Rt Revd Derek Rawcliffe OBE
(ALL SOUL'S CHURCH, LEEDS)
It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of the Rt. Revd Derek Rawcliffe OBE at the age of 89. The former Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway died at his home in Leeds on Tuesday 1 February. Derek Rawcliffe had remained active in ministry and on the day of his death he attended a church service at his home church of St Aidan’s, Leeds where he read the lesson.
Bishop John paid tribute to Derek: “I was very sorry to hear of the death of the Rt. Revd. Derek Rawcliffe. Derek has contributed substantially in Leeds, both to our worship, through St. Aidan’s, and to the care of and concern about asylum seekers. He has worked to help those in poverty and has also been concerned with ecumenical relationships in the City, and regularly contributed to the work of Leeds Churches Together in Mission.”
A Requiem Mass is planned to be held at St Aidans Leeds (this Sunday). An online book of condolence is being opened on the website of ST. AIDAN'S CHURCH. (Canon John Carter)
From THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:
Derek Rawcliffe, the first Church of England bishop to be open about his homosexuality, has died at age 89.
Rawcliffe disclosed his homosexuality on television in 1995, when he was serving as an honorary bishop in Ripon and Leeds diocese. He was dismissed the following year for conducting blessings of same-sex couples. However, he remained active in ministry at the Leeds church (where he worshipped) and was allowed to preside at some confirmation services.
REST IN PEACE, FATHER DEREK
AND PRESIDE IN GLORY!