Geoffrey Rowell

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The Right Reverend
Geoffrey Rowell
Retired Bishop in Europe
Bishop Geoffrey Rowell (Vienna, Austria in 2009)
Rowell in Vienna, Austria, in 2009
Diocese Diocese in Europe
In office 2001–2013
Predecessor John Hind
Successor Robert Innes
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke (1994–2001)
Ordination c. 1968
Consecration 2 February 1994
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1943-02-13) 13 February 1943 (age 74)
Denomination Anglican
Residence Church Road, Worth
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Douglas Geoffrey Rowell (born 13 February 1943) is a retired Anglican bishop, having served as the third Bishop in Europe until his retirement on 8 November 2013.[1] Rowell is currently an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chichester.


Rowell was educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He holds a PhD and MA from Cambridge, and was incorporated DPhil and MA, along with his DD from Oxford.[2]


Since 1999, Rowell has been an episcopal patron of Project Canterbury, an online archive of Anglican texts.

Rowell was consecrated as a bishop by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 2 February 1994 at St Paul's Cathedral,[3] becoming Bishop suffragan of Basingstoke in the Diocese of Winchester.

Rowell was commissioned as Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe (often called "Bishop in Europe") on 18 October 2001 at St Margaret's, Westminster, and enthroned in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar, on 1 November 2001.

At the November 2012 meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, Rowell was one of the three members of the House of Bishops who voted against the ordination of women as bishops.[4]


In January 2007, Rowell suspended the chaplain of Istanbul, Ian Sherwood, and the entire chaplaincy council.[5]


Rowell has authored or co-authored the following:

Outline of career[edit]



  1. ^ "BISHOP ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT". Diocese in Europe. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  2. ^ Press Release — Suffragan See of Basingstoke (National Archives)
  3. ^ "Briefly (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6834). 4 February 1994. p. 2. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 21 February 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Bingham, John (26 November 2012). "Half of women bishops opponents in Synod were women". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Bishop chastises Istanbul parishioners in growing row". TodaysZaman. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Who's Who, 2006 (A. & C. Black, London, 2006)

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