Timothy Bavin

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The Right Reverend Dom
Timothy Bavin
Bishop of Portsmouth
Church Church of England
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 81)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Edward Durrance & Marjorie Bavin
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford

Timothy John Bavin, OSB (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