With great sadness I announce that Bishop Kenneth Stevenson died during the night of 11/12 January. Bishop Kenneth was the former Bishop of Portsmouth, a constant friend of this diocese, one of the Church's greatest supporters of the relations between Anglicans and the Lutheran Churches of the Nordic and Baltic countries, and an outstanding spiritual and intellectual leader of the Church of England.
He took early retirement due to ill health, but until his death was deeply engaged in the Church's life and work. Bishop Kenneth was part Scottish and part Danish. His grandfather was a Danish bishop and he was was instrumental in enabling the Church of Denmark to sign the Porvoo Agreement last October. Sadly, he missed the occasion itself, due to his deteriorating health. He was a Knight Commander of the Kingdom of Denmark's Order of the Dannebrog, a sign of the esteem with which he was held in that country, as well as in England and in our Churches.
We entrust Bishop Kenneth to his Lord, and pray for his widow Sarah and his family and friends in their sorrow.