Stewart Cross

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Stewart Cross
Bishop of Blackburn
DioceseDiocese of Blackburn
In office1982–1989 (d.)
PredecessorRobert Martineau
SuccessorAlan Chesters
Other post(s)
Ordination1954 (deacon); 1955 (priest)
by Noel Hudson (Newcastle)
by Stuart Blanch (York)
Personal details
Born(1928-04-04)4 April 1928
Died6 April 1989(1989-04-06) (aged 61)
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin

David Stewart Cross (4 April 1928 – 6 April 1989)[1] was the second Bishop of Doncaster who was later translated to Blackburn.

Educated at Trinity College, Dublin,[2] he was made deacon on Trinity Sunday 1954 (13 June)[3] and ordained priest the following Trinity Sunday (5 June 1955) — both times by Noel Hudson, Bishop of Newcastle, at Newcastle Cathedral.[4] His first post was as a curate at Hexham. From 1960 to 1963 he was Precentor of St Albans Cathedral[5] then moved to Manchester to serve St Ambrose Church in Chorlton-on-Medlock.

From 1968 to 1976 he was a producer and broadcaster for BBC religious broadcasting at Manchester, which included a TV Songs of Praise from Blackburn Cathedral,[6] whose diocese he would later serve as bishop.

In 1976 he was ordained to the episcopate, first serving as suffragan Bishop of Doncaster.[7] His consecration was on 2 July 1976 at York Minster, by Stuart Blanch, Archbishop of York.[8] Then in 1982 he was appointed diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, serving until his premature death from cancer in 1989. He was survived by his wife, Mary, a son and two daughters.

He is today perhaps best known for his hymn "Father, Lord of all creation", published in several English-language hymnbooks.[9]

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  1. ^ "The Hymn Vol.44". Hymn Society of America. 1993. p. 31. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Ordinations on Trinity Sunday". Church Times. No. 4768. 25 June 1954. p. 499. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 4 January 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "Trinity ordinations". Church Times. No. 4820. 24 June 1955. p. 17. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 4 January 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1975) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  6. ^ "Music and More" (PDF). The Federation of Old Choristers' Associations. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ The Times, 17 December 1975; pg. 15; Issue 59580; col D, New Bishop of Doncaster announced
  8. ^ "New bishop is consecrated". Church Times. No. 5917. 9 July 1976. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 4 January 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  9. ^ "Father, Lord of all creation". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Doncaster
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Blackburn
Succeeded by