Timothy Bavin

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The Right Reverend Dom
Timothy Bavin
Bishop of Portsmouth
Church Church of England
Diocese Portsmouth
In office 1985–1995
Predecessor Ronald Gordon
Successor Kenneth Stevenson
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)
Consecration c. 1974
Personal details
Born (1935-09-17) 17 September 1935 (age 81)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Edward Durrance & Marjorie Bavin
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford

Timothy John Bavin OSB FRSCM (born 17 September 1935) is a British Anglican bishop and monk. He was the bishop of Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg from 1974 to 1985.[1] He was then Bishop of Portsmouth from 1985 to 1995.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bavin was born the son of Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Sydney Durrance Bavin RASC and Marjorie Gwendoline (née Dew) Bavin, on 17 September 1935.[citation needed] He was educated at St George's School, Windsor Castle and Brighton College.

He graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a degree in Literae Humaniores [3] in 1959 (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts 1961).[4] 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.[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

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.[4] He was the first Chaplain of St. Alban's College, Pretoria, then a curate at Uckfield with Little Horsted and finally Vicar of the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Brighton from 1971 to 1973.[4]

In 1973 Bavin became the dean and rector of the cathedral parish of Johannesburg as well as archdeacon of the diocese[4] and, in 1974 at a turbulent period in that country's history, its bishop,[6] a position[7] he was to hold until 1985.[8] From 1985[4] to 1995[9] he was Bishop of Portsmouth,[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Bavin was named as one of ten gay bishops in the Church of England by OutRage!, an LGBT activist group.[13][14]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of Anglican Bishops in South Africa
  2. ^ Re-dedicates church in his diocese at the Wayback Machine (archived February 8, 2012)
  3. ^ Page, John. "A PERSONAL JUBILEE". Old Brightonians. Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Rt Revd Timothy John Bavin". Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th edn ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2001. p. 48. 
  5. ^ Ellis, P, ed. (1992). Debrett's People of Today. London: Debrett's. p. 1621. ISBN 1-870520-09-2. 
  6. ^ History of the Parish at the Wayback Machine (archived September 29, 2007)
  7. ^ School named after him Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Further example of work as S.A. Bishop Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Dedicates church in his last year Archived February 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ During this period he was one of a number of senior unmarried C of E clergy highlighted by outside pressure groups [1].
  11. ^ Religious Community he belongs to
  12. ^ Visit to church in Jericho, Oxford[2] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Archbishop Of York Urged To "Come Out"". petertatchell.net. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Brown, Andrew (31 January 1995). "Bishop in 'outing' row retires to monastery". The Independent. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

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Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Leslie Stradling
Bishop of Johannesburg
1974 – 1984
Succeeded by
Desmond Tutu
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ronald Gordon
Bishop of Portsmouth
1985 – 1995
Succeeded by
Kenneth Stevenson