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Edwin Ronald Barnes (6 February 1935 – 6 February 2019) was a British Roman Catholic priest and a former Church of England bishop. He was the Anglican Bishop of Richborough from 1995 to 2002 and was also formerly the president of the Church Union.[1][2]

Edwin Barnes
Anglican Bishop of Richborough
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Barnes in 2005
ChurchRoman Catholic Church (since 2011)
Church of England (before 2011)
In office1995 to 2001
SuccessorKeith Newton
Other postsPrincipal of St Stephen's House, Oxford (1987–1995)
Ordination1961 (Anglican)
5 March 2011 (Roman Catholic)
by Crispian Hollis
Consecration1995 (Anglican)
by George Carey
Personal details
Born(1935-02-06)6 February 1935
Died6 February 2019(2019-02-06) (aged 84)
EducationPlymouth College
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
Cuddesdon College


Anglican ministryEdit

Barnes was educated at Plymouth College and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1961 and began his ministry with a curacy at St Mark's North End, Portsmouth. After this he held incumbencies at Farncombe and Hessle. In 1987 he became Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford,[3] an Anglican theological college. In 1995 he was chosen to be the first Bishop of Richborough, a provincial episcopal visitor in the Province of Canterbury. He retired in 2001.[4][5]

Reception into the Catholic ChurchEdit

In October 2010, Barnes was interviewed by The Tablet magazine on the possibility of joining the proposed personal ordinariate in the Roman Catholic Church for former Anglicans (which was established as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in January 2011). He said that he wanted to join “because the Anglican Church is no longer the one holy and apostolic Church it says it is.”[6] On 6 January 2011, Barnes announced that he intended being received into the Catholic Church.[7]

On 21 January 2011 he and his wife, Jane, were received into the Catholic Church at the Church of Our Lady & St Joseph, Lymington by Monsignor Peter Ryan, himself a former Anglican.[8] He was ordained to the diaconate on 11 February 2011 in the domestic chapel at Bishop's House, Portsmouth by the Bishop of Portsmouth, Crispian Hollis. He was ordained to the priesthood on 5 March 2011 by the same bishop in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. In June 2012 he was elevated to the rank of monsignor as a Chaplain of His Holiness.

Illness and DeathEdit

Edwin died on 6 February 2019 on his 84th birthday, following a short illness.[9]


  1. ^ Crockfords(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  2. ^ "The Church Union".
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ "Official announcement". Archived from the original on December 8, 2009.
  5. ^ "Bp Edwin enters".
  6. ^ Flying bishops: We’re not going yet
  7. ^ Barnes, Edwain. "Amazing (G)Race". Ancient Richborough. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Ancient Richborough: Thanks!". January 21, 2011.
  9. ^ February edition of the Ordinariate newsletter.
Academic offices
Preceded by
David Thomas
Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford
1987 to 1995
Succeeded by
Jeremy Sheehy
Church of England titles
New creation Bishop of Richborough
1995 to 2001
Succeeded by
Keith Newton