Conrad Meyer (bishop)

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Conrad Meyer
Bishop of Dorchester
DioceseDiocese of Oxford
In office1979–1990 (ret.)
PredecessorPeter Walker
SuccessorAnthony Russell
Other post(s)
OrdinationCofE: 1948 (deacon); 1949 (priest)
RC: ? (deacon); 1995 (priest)
by Frederick Cockin (CofE Bristol)
Christopher Budd (RC Plymouth)
ConsecrationCofE: 1979
by Donald Coggan (Canterbury)
Personal details
Born(1922-07-02)2 July 1922
Died23 July 2011(2011-07-23) (aged 89)
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge

Conrad John Eustace Meyer (2 July 1922[1] – 23 July 2011) was an English Catholic priest and a former Church of England bishop.[2][3]

Meyer was the son of William Eustace Meyer.[1] He was educated at Clifton College[4] and Pembroke College, Cambridge. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was made deacon in Advent 1948 (19 December)[5] and ordained priest the following Advent (18 December 1949) — both times by Frederick Cockin, Bishop of Bristol, at Bristol Cathedral.[6] His first ordained ministry positions were curacies at Ashton Gate and Kenwyn. He was vicar of Devoran from 1954 to 1964. From 1969 to 1979 he was Archdeacon of Bodmin.[1] On 25 January 1979, he was consecrated a bishop by Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey;[7] to serve as Bishop suffragan of Dorchester, a position that he held until 1987; he became the first area bishop in 1984 when the diocese's area scheme was erected.[8] From 1990 to 1994 he was an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Truro.[1]

In February 1994, Meyer announced his decision to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church;[9] in September 1994, Meyer became a Roman Catholic[10] and in June 1995 he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest by Christopher Budd, Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, at Buckfast Abbey.[11][1] In 2009 he was made a monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI.[12]


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  5. ^ "Ordinations in Trinity". Church Times. No. 4481. 24 December 1948. p. 724. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 17 June 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "Ordinations in Trinity". Church Times. No. 4533. 23 December 1949. p. 858. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 17 June 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ Tustin, David. A Bishop's Ministry (Google Books) p. 30 (Retrieved 26 April 2014)
  8. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  9. ^ Ruth Gledhill, "Bishops Lead Exodus to Rome", The Times, 24 February 1994
  10. ^ "Two bishops go to Rome". Church Times. No. 6869. 7 October 1994. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 March 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  11. ^ "picture caption". Church Times. No. 6906. 23 June 1995. p. 2. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 March 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  12. ^ "Pope Hands out Ancient Title to Retired Newquay Churchman", Cornish Guardian, 18 March 2009.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Dorchester
Succeeded by