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|The Rt Revd Dom
ChStJ MA(Oxon) OSB FRSCM
|Bishop of Portsmouth|
|Diocese||Diocese of Portsmouth|
|In office||1985 – 1995|
|Other posts||Oblate master, Alton Abbey (?–present)
Honorary assistant bishop in Portsmouth (2012 – present)
Oblate, Alton Abbey (1996 – present) & honorary assistant bishop in Winchester
Bishop of Johannesburg (1974 – 1984)
|Ordination||c. 1961 (deacon); c. 1962 (priest)|
|Born||17 September 1935|
|Parents||Edward Durrance & Marjorie Bavin|
|Alma mater||Worcester College, Oxford|
Bavin was born the son of Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Sydney Durrance Bavin RASC and Marjorie Gwendoline (née Dew) Bavin, on 17 September 1935. He was educated at St George's School, Windsor Castle and Brighton College.
He graduated from Worcester College, Oxford[dead link] with a degree in Literae Humaniores [dead link] in 1959 (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts 1961). During the following two years, Bavin completed his National Service in his father's old regiment. He was commissioned in 1958 and served as a Platoon Officer in Aden.
Returning to Oxford, Bavin studied for ordination at Cuddesdon College. He was ordained deacon in 1961 and priest in 1962, spending the period 1961-69 (and then 1973-85) in South Africa. He was the first Chaplain of St. Alban's College, Pretoria,[dead link] then a curate at Uckfield with Little Horsted and finally Vicar of the Parish of the Good Shepherd,[dead link] Brighton from 1971 to 1973.
In 1973 Bavin became the Dean and Rector of the cathedral parish of Johannesburg as well as archdeacon of the diocese and, in 1974 at a turbulent[dead link] period in that country's history, its bishop,[dead link] a position[dead link] he was to hold until 1985.[dead link] From 1985 to 1995[dead link] he was Bishop of Portsmouth, during which time he was appointed an honorary fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.
In 1987 he became a member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd. After resigning his bishopric he was professed as a monk of the Benedictine community at Alton Abbey. As a result Bavin has curtailed his involvement in the Athenaeum and the Royal Yacht Squadron, although he does occasionally preach at other Christian places of worship.[dead link]
- Deacons in the Ministry of the Church: A Report to the House of Bishops of the General Synod of the Church of England. Church House Publishing. 1988. ISBN 978-0-7151-3718-5.
- History of Anglican Bishops in South Africa
- Re-dedicates church in his diocese
- Preaches at old college
- Mentioned in Old Boys Newsletter
- 'The Rt Revd Timothy John Bavin', Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th edn. London: Church House Publishing, 2001), p. 48
- Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debrett's) p 1621 ISBN 1-870520-09-2
- Alban's College Alumni
- Church Web-Site
- References to historical change
- South African years
- School named after him
- example of work as S.A. Bishop
- Dedicates church in his last year
- During this period he was one of a number of senior unmarried C of E clergy highlighted by outside pressure groups .
- Religious Community he belongs to
- Visit to church in Jericho, Oxford
- Anglicare Counsellors via Wayback Machine
- Bavin inspires other South Africans to become ministers[dead link]
- Old school photo[dead link]
- Oratory of the Good Shepherd
|Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles|
|Bishop of Johannesburg
1974 – 1984
|Church of England titles|
|Bishop of Portsmouth
1985 – 1995