Aston Chichester

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Aston Chichester

Archbishop of Salisbury
Appointed4 March 1931
Installed4 March 1931
Term ended23 November 1956
PredecessorRobert Brown
SuccessorFrancis William Markall
Other postsTitular Bishop of Ubaza, Titular Archbishop of Velebusdus
Ordination21 September 1913
Consecration19 July 1931
by Bernard Gijlswijk
Personal details
Birth nameAston Ignatius Sebastian Joseph Chichester
Born(1879-05-22)22 May 1879
Ostend, West Flanders Belgium
Died24 October 1962(1962-10-24) (aged 83)
Vatican City
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
Aston Chichester
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleArchbishop

Aston Ignatius Sebastian Joseph Chichester, SJ (22 May 1879 – 24 October 1962) was the first Roman Catholic Archbishop of Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe).[1]


Born in Ostend, Belgium of recusant English descent, he was educated at Mount St Mary's College, near Sheffield. He entered the Jesuits in 1913. He became a schoolteacher, and taught at the Jesuit schools, Beaumont and Wimbledon Colleges, at both of which he served as rector.

From 1929 on he served in Southern Rhodesia (which would later become the country known as Zimbabwe). Father Chichester was named the first Archbishop of Salisbury in 1955 and was also Titular Bishop of Ubaza. He attended the Second Vatican Council's first session as a Council Father. He died on 24 October 1962, aged 83, while attending the Council after collapsing on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. He had been a priest for almost a half a century and served as bishop for more than three decades.[2]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Brown
Archbishop of Salisbury, Rhodesia
Succeeded by
Francis William Markall
Preceded by
New post
Titular Bishop of Ubaza
Succeeded by
Patrick Cronin
Preceded by
Ferdinand Stanislaus Pawlikowski
Titular Archbishop of Velebusdus
Succeeded by
Antônio de Almeida Lustosa

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