Suffragan Bishop in Europe
Diocese in Europe
Himself (as Assistant Bishop)
Chaplain of the Fleet (1969–1972)
Dean of Gibraltar (1973–1977)
Assistant Bishop and vicar-general (Gibraltar & Fulham, 1977–1980)
1942 (deacon); 1943 (priest)
by Christopher Chavasse
by Gerald Ellison
(1919-04-25)25 April 1919
24 April 2012(2012-04-24) (aged 92)
Smithfield, City of London, United Kingdom
William & Ethel
King’s College, London
Ambrose Walter Marcus Weekes CB FKC (25 April 1919 – 24 April 2012) was an Anglo-Catholic bishop in the 20th century who served as the first Suffragan Bishop in Europe.
1 Family and education
2 Naval chaplain
Family and education
Weekes was the son of William, a naval officer, and Ethel, a justice of the peace. He was educated at Rochester Cathedral Choir School, Sir Joseph Williamson’s School, Rochester and King’s College, London, where he gained his Associate of King’s College (AKC) in theology in 1941 — he was later elected a Fellow of King’s College (FKC) in 1972. He trained for the ministry at King’s and at Lincoln Theological College.
He was ordained a deacon on Trinity Sunday (31 May) 1942 and a priest on Trinity Sunday (20 June) 1943 (both times by Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester, in Rochester Cathedral), serving his title as assistant curate of St Luke’s, Gillingham, Kent. He then became a wartime chaplain with the RNVR (1944–1946) then served as a Royal Navy chaplain (1944–1969). He became Chaplain of the Fleet, with the title of Archdeacon of the Royal Navy, and a Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC, all 1969–1972), also being made a Companion of the Bath (CB) in 1970 and a canon of Gibraltar Cathedral in 1971.
Moving to the Diocese of Gibraltar, Weekes served Tangier as their chaplain from 1972 until he was appointed Dean of Gibraltar (1973–1977). On St James’s day (25 July) 1977, he was consecrated a bishop (by Gerald Ellison, Bishop of London, in the chapel of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich), to serve as full-time Auxiliary/Assistant Bishop in Gi