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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Requiem Mass in Chichester Cathedral for Canon Roger Greenacre

Canon Greenacre (right) at a ecumenical gathering in Beaulieu-sur-mer
A requiem mass for the Revd Canon Dr Roger Greenacre was celebrated on Friday 23 September in Chichester Cathedral. Canon Greenacre, was a residentiary canon of Chichester Cathedral for 25 years, from 1975 to 2000. Prior to that he was chaplain of St George's Paris, and from 2000 to 2010 was priest-in-charge of St Michael's Beaulieu-sur-mer. He died in July.

Clergy from the Diocese in Europe, Chichester, and elsewhere in the Church of England, members of the Order of St Lazarus, and Roman Catholic guests from the Abbeys of Bec-Hellouin and Chevetogne were present at the service. The Archbishop of Canterbury sent a message describing "the life of a priest of rare quality". Archbishop Rowan noted the important work of Fr Roger in building bridges between Anglicans and Roman Catholics, especially on the continent of Europe. Among his many gifts to the Church is an invaluable guide to the Roman Catholic Church in France, first published in 1996.

Significantly, and underlining Fr Roger's life-long commitment to ecumenism, His Eminence Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, (below, centre) was present and delivered a moving tribute at the end of the mass.

Fr Roger's ashes were interred in the Paradise Lawn of the cathedral.

Seigneur, nous confions à ta garde bienveillante notre frère Roger.

1 comment:

  1. I knew Mary Greenacre his sister and lost touch with her many years ago in the 1970s. I met Mary at work while living in London and we became friends. But we lost touch when our lives took different directions. Does anyone know Mary and where she is living? My email is:

    It would be so interesting to reconnect and catch up with all the news.