Tributes paid to former bishop of Gloucester after his death at 69

May 03 2017

THE former bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, has died of cancer.

THE former bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, has died of cancer.

Bishop Michael, 69, led the diocese, which includes Chipping Sodbury and villages such as Old Sodbury, Horton, Little Sodbury, Acton Turville and Badminton, for ten years.

In a message to the diocese, the current bishop of Gloucester, the Right Rev Rachel Treweek, said: “It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Bishop Michael died peacefully at home on Monday evening, April 17, following a special Easter weekend with all the family.

“I will always be grateful for Bishop Michael’s wisdom, insight and friendship which I first experienced as a member of General Synod.

“It is an immense privilege to have followed in Bishop Michael’s footsteps as bishop of Gloucester and I am deeply aware of the significant impact of his ministry on the lives of individuals and worshipping communities across this diocese.” 

In 2014, Bishop Michael announced plans for his forthcoming retirement but later that year had to step back from his ministry while a subsequently dismissed allegation of indecent assault made against him was investigated.

Police found there was no case to answer and a Church of England committee approved Bishop Michael’s continuing ministry in retirement.

More than 1,000 people later attended a service of thanksgiving and celebration in Gloucester Cathedral to bid him farewell and he was also given a prolonged standing ovation at the General Synod when he received a tribute from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Bishop Michael’s funeral service will be held in Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday, May 6, at 2pm.