Edwin Barnes

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Edwin Barnes and altar party in 2005.

Monsignor Edwin Ronald Barnes (born 6 February 1935) is a Catholic priest and a former Church of England bishop. He was the Bishop of Richborough from 1995 to 2002 and was also formerly the president of the Church Union.[1][2]

Anglican ministry[edit]

Barnes was educated at Plymouth College and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1961 he began his ministry with a curacy at St Mark's North End, Portsmouth. After this he held incumbencies at Farncombe and Hessle. In 1987 he became Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford,[3] an Anglican theological college. In 1995 he was chosen to be the first Bishop of Richborough, a provincial episcopal visitor in the Province of Canterbury. He retired in 2001.[4][5]

Reception into the Catholic Church[edit]

In October 2010, Barnes was interviewed by The Tablet magazine on the possibility of joining the proposed personal ordinariate in the Roman Catholic Church for former Anglicans (which was established as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in January 2011). He said that he wanted to join “because the Anglican Church is no longer the one holy and apostolic Church it says it is.”[6] On 6 January 2011, Barnes announced that he intended being received into the Catholic Church.[7] On 21 January 2011 he and his wife, Jane, were received into the Catholic Church at the Church of Our Lady & St Joseph, Lymington by Monsignor Peter Ryan, himself a former Anglican.[8] He was ordained to the diaconate on 11 February 2011 in the domestic chapel at Bishop's House, Portsmouth by the Bishop of Portsmouth, Crispian Hollis. He was ordained to the priesthood on 5 March 2011 by the same bishop in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. In June 2012 he was elevated to the rank of monsignor as a Chaplain of His Holiness.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Richborough
1995 –2001
Succeeded by
Keith Newton