Monday, 16 August 2010

Bishop Mervyn Alexander RIP

Clifton is my home diocese.  I didn't know Bishop Alexander well, but I had met him a few times: enough to notice the easy, friendly graciousness which seemed to mark his encounters with his flock.
One such encounter was during a summer Catechetical Camp. ( Over a number of years, I   helped out at the Camps which were run for disadvantaged children).
On this occasion, Bishop Alexander came to visit. It was a fine day, and the school we were staying in had an outdoor swimming pool. The children were all very keen to get in the pool, but we weren't sure of the protocol thing-whether it was better to wait till the Bishop had left or continue with activities as usual....or what...
Bishop Alexander decided the question- a short while later he joined the children and staff in the pool, splashing away with the best of them!

May God reward him. 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of  God
Rest in peace

1 comment:

  1. May he rest in peace. I knew him when I served for a year in Clifton after a row wih my then Area Bishop. Bishop Mervyn was a noble, gentle soul, imho.