Timothy Bavin

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The Rt Revd Dom
Timothy Bavin
Bishop of Portsmouth
Diocese Diocese of 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 79)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Edward Durrance & Marjorie Bavin
Occupation Oblate
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford

The Rt Revd Timothy John Bavin (born 17 September 1935) was the bishop[1] of Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg from 1974 to 1985 and of Portsmouth[2][dead link] from 1985 to 1995.


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[3][dead link] with a degree in Literae Humaniores [4][dead link] in 1959 (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts 1961).[5] 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.[6]

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.[5] He was the first Chaplain of St. Alban's College, Pretoria,[7][dead link] then a curate at Uckfield with Little Horsted and finally Vicar of the Parish of the Good Shepherd,[8][dead link] Brighton from 1971 to 1973.[5]

In 1973 Bavin became the Dean and Rector of the cathedral parish of Johannesburg as well as archdeacon of the diocese[5] and, in 1974 at a turbulent[9][dead link] period in that country's history, its bishop,[10][dead link] a position[11][dead link] he was to hold until 1985.[12][dead link] From 1985[5] to 1995[13][dead link] he was Bishop of Portsmouth,[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][dead link]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of Anglican Bishops in South Africa
  2. ^ Re-dedicates church in his diocese
  3. ^ Preaches at old college
  4. ^ Mentioned in Old Boys Newsletter
  5. ^ a b c d e 'The Rt Revd Timothy John Bavin', Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th edn. London: Church House Publishing, 2001), p. 48
  6. ^ Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debrett's) p 1621 ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  7. ^ Alban's College Alumni
  8. ^ Church Web-Site
  9. ^ References to historical change
  10. ^ South African years
  11. ^ School named after him
  12. ^ example of work as S.A. Bishop
  13. ^ Dedicates church in his last year
  14. ^ During this period he was one of a number of senior unmarried C of E clergy highlighted by outside pressure groups [1].
  15. ^ Religious Community he belongs to
  16. ^ Visit to church in Jericho, Oxford[2]

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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