Tributes paid to former Bishop of East Anglia
Tributes have been paid to Archbishop Peter Smith, previously the second Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, who died peacefully yesterday, after a short illness.
Bishop Alan Hopes said: “Archbishop Peter Smith died peacefully just before midnight yesterday – March 6. He had received the Sacraments of the Church and his former secretary was with him when he died. His illness progressed very quickly just after his diagnosis with cancer a few weeks ago.”
Archbishop Peter was the second Bishop of East Anglia and served the Diocese from 1995 until 2001 when he was translated to the See of Cardiff. He became Archbishop of Southwark in 2010 until his retirement in 2019.
“I know that many of you will have fond remembrances and many stories of Archbishop Peter during his six years here which you will share with each other,” said Bishop Alan. “I have always been most grateful to him for his wise advice and encouragement both personally and at the Bishops’ Conference.
“For over 50 years, he made an outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church across three dioceses and nationally on the Bishops’ Conference. His straightforward faith, his sense of humour, honesty and humanity and his ability to cut to the chase in any debate stand out in a life which was dedicated to the Lord and his Church. May he rest in peace.”
A Diocesan Solemn Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Archbishop Peter in St John’s Cathedral on Friday March 27 at 11.30am.
Pictured above is Archbishop Peter Smith. Picture © Mazur/cbcew.org.uk