It is with great sadness that I report that the Revd Canon Dr Roger Greenacre died in the early hours of this morning, Saturday 30 July.
Fr Roger retired from serving as parish priest of St Michael's Beaulieu-sur-Mer in France, from 2000 until 2010. He moved back to England to live in Charterhouse, but was moved from there to a hospice in London in his last few days.
Fr Roger had an earlier distinguished career in this diocese as chaplain of St George's Paris from 1965 to 1975, from where he moved to Chichester to take up a residentiary canonry at the Cathedral, a post which he held for 25 years.
Dr Greenacre was a scholar of liturgy but perhaps will be best remembered for his significant contribution to Anglican-Roman Catholic relations. He was honoured by the French Government in 1998 which appointed him Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for his contribution to ecumenism. He leaves behind many ecumenical friends in France and beyond, and the Church of England is indebted to him for his work on our behalf, for the sake of Christian unity.
Accorde-lui, Seigneur, le repos éternel.
Et que brille sur lui la lumière sans fin.