John Klyberg

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The Reverend Monsignor
John Klyberg
Other posts C of E Bishop of Fulham (1985–1996)
Consecration 1985 (C of E)
Rank Prelate of Honour
Personal details
Birth name Charles John Klyberg
Born (1931-07-29) 29 July 1931 (age 85)
Nationality British
Denomination Roman Catholicism
formerly Anglicanism
Education Eastbourne College
Alma mater Lincoln Theological College
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1953–1955
1955–1958 (reserves)
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Battles/wars Cold War

Charles John Klyberg (born 29 July 1931) is a British Roman Catholic priest and former Anglican bishop. From 1985 to 1996, he was the Bishop of Fulham in the Church of England.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Klyberg was born on 29 July 1931.[2] He was educated at Eastbourne College, an independent school in Eastbourne, Sussex.[3] He trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College, a Church of England theological college.

Klyberg served in the British Army to satisfy the required National Service. On 19 December 1953, he was commissioned into the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) as a second lieutenant.[4] On 16 May 1955, he transferred to the Territorial Army as a second lieutenant with seniority in that rank from 19 December 1953; this ended his full-time military service and began the required part-time period of service.[5] On 21 August 1955, he was promoted to lieutenant.[6] On 23 October 1958, he transferred to the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers; this ended his military service and began his call up liability.[7] He resigned his commission on 9 July 1960, and this ended his call up liability.[8]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Church of England[edit]

He began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St John's, East Dulwich - after which he was the rector of Fort Jameson in Zambia.[9] Following this he was the vicar of Christ Church and St Stephen, Battersea. Later he became the Dean of Lusaka before ordination to the episcopate. He was also the Archdeacon of Charing Cross. An opponent of women priests, he was a Guardian of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham from 1991 to 1997.[10]

Roman Catholic Church[edit]

In 1996, after retiring from Anglican ministry, Klyberg was received into the Roman Catholic Church.[11] He later became a priest, and was made a Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, the gay rights campaign group OutRage! named Klyberg as one of ten closeted homosexual bishops in the Church of England.[13]


  1. ^ "Bishops appointed". The Times (62049). 30 January 1985. p. 14 col B. 
  2. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  3. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  4. ^ "No. 40100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 February 1954. p. 993. 
  5. ^ "No. 40530". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 July 1955. p. 3931. 
  6. ^ "No. 40565". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 August 1955. p. 4799. 
  7. ^ "No. 41530". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 October 1958. p. 6481. 
  8. ^ "No. 42106". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 July 1960. p. 5309. 
  9. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995 (Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  10. ^ "Guardians' South Side Stalls". The Walsingham Archives. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Cardinal ordains four married priests". The Tablet. 9 November 1996. p. 33. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Women priests: where has it led?". Archived from the original on November 16, 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Archbishop Of York Urged To "Come Out"". Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Brian Masters
Bishop of Fulham
1985 – 1996
Succeeded by
John Broadhurst