Michael Bowen (bishop)

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Michael George Bowen
Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark
Archdiocese Southwark
See Southwark
Appointed 28 March 1977
Term ended 6 November 2003
Predecessor Cyril Conrad Cowderoy
Successor Kevin John Patrick McDonald
Ordination 6 July 1958
Consecration 27 June 1970
by Domenico Enrici
Personal details
Born (1930-04-23) 23 April 1930 (age 87)
Nationality British
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Styles of
Michael Bowen
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style His Grace
Religious style Monsignor

Michael George Bowen (born 23 April 1930, Gibraltar) is a British prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Southwark from 1977 to 2003, having previously served as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.


Michael Bowen was born in Gibraltar, and was a wine merchant[1] before being ordained to the priesthood on 6 July 1958. On 18 May 1970 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and Titular Bishop of Lamsorti by Pope Paul VI. Bowen received his episcopal consecration on the following 27 June from Archbishop Domenico Enrici, with Bishops David Cashman and Derek Worlock serving as co-consecrators.

He succeeded the late David Cashman as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on 14 March 1971. Bowen was later named Archbishop of Southwark on 28 March 1977, and resigned his post as Archbishop after 26 years of service, on 6 November 2003.

Following the announcement of his resignation, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said, "Archbishop Michael Bowen enters a well earned retirement after many years of faithful and joyous service on behalf of the Church ... He has been a true teacher and guide to his flock, a man who has led with certainty and humility, and served well the people and priests of his Archdiocese."[2]


  1. ^ London SE1. Archbishop of Southwark to retire 24 May 2003
  2. ^ Archdiocese of Westminster. New Archbishop of Southwark 6 November 2003

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
David John Cashman
Bishop of Arundel and Brighton
Succeeded by
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Preceded by
Cyril Conrad Cowderoy
Archbishop of Southwark
Succeeded by
Kevin John Patrick McDonald