Edwin Barnes

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The Reverend Monsignor
Edwin Barnes
Anglican Bishop of Richborough
Barnes in 2005
Church Roman Catholic Church (since 2011)
Church of England (before 2011)
In office 1995 to 2001
Successor Keith Newton
Other posts Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford (1987-1995)
Ordination 1961 (Anglican)
5 March 2011 (Roman Catholic)
by Crispian Hollis
Consecration 1995 (Anglican)
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1935-02-06) 6 February 1935 (age 82)
Education Plymouth College
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford
Cuddesdon College

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.


Academic offices
Preceded by
David Thomas
Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford
1987 to 1995
Succeeded by
Jeremy Sheehy
Church of England titles
New creation Bishop of Richborough
1995 to 2001
Succeeded by
Keith Newton