Golden jubilee of Bishop Emeritus celebrated

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HUNDREDS celebrated the golden jubilee of a retired ordained bishop at an event in Portsmouth.

Crowds gathered at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the golden jubilee of the ordination of the Right Reverend Crispian Hollis, Bishop Emeritus of Portsmouth at St John’s Cathedral.

More than 700 people attended the service, including schoolchildren from St John’s Primary and priests from the diocese.

Born in Bristol, Bishop Emeritus Crispian, 78, was ordained in 1965 after seven years of training.

The Pope consecrated Crispian as Bishop of St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth, in January 1989.

The Bishop’s work with St John’s and the Diocese has included forming relationships with local government, and reaching out to the community.

His other work includes founding Holy Trinity Monastery, in East Hendred, a monastery of contemplative Benedictine nuns.

He says he believes that the Church has a role in the lives of both those who believe in God, and those that do not.

After almost 50 years of priesthood Bishop Emeritus Crispian retired in 2012.

To commemorate his 23 years of service, the road outside Bishop’s House, Portsmouth was renamed Bishop Crispian Way in 2011.

The bishop said: ‘Looking back over 50 years of ordained ministry it’s been the most immensely fulfilling part of my life.’