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Ambrose Weekes

Suffragan Bishop in Europe
and vicar-general

Diocese
Diocese in Europe

In office
1980–1986

Predecessor
Himself (as Assistant Bishop)

Other posts
Chaplain of the Fleet (1969–1972)
Dean of Gibraltar (1973–1977)
Assistant Bishop and vicar-general (Gibraltar & Fulham, 1977–1980)

Orders

Ordination
1942 (deacon); 1943 (priest)
by Christopher Chavasse

Consecration
1977
by Gerald Ellison

Personal details

Born
(1919-04-25)25 April 1919

Died
24 April 2012(2012-04-24) (aged 92)
Smithfield, City of London, United Kingdom

Nationality
British

Denomination
Anglo-Catholic

Parents
William & Ethel

Alma mater
King’s College, London

Ambrose Walter Marcus Weekes CB FKC (25 April 1919 – 24 April 2012)[1] was an Anglo-Catholic[2] bishop in the 20th century who served as the first Suffragan Bishop in Europe.[1]

Contents

1 Family and education
2 Naval chaplain
3 Europe
4 Retirement
5 References

Family and education[edit]
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[1] and King’s College, London,[3] where he gained his Associate of King’s College (AKC)[4] in theology[2] in 1941 — he was later elected a Fellow of King’s College (FKC) in 1972.[1] He trained for the ministry at King’s and at Lincoln Theological College.[5]
Naval chaplain[edit]
He was ordained a deacon on Trinity Sunday (31 May) 1942[6] and a priest on Trinity Sunday (20 June) 1943[7] (both times by Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester, in Rochester Cathedral),[6][7] serving his title as assistant curate of St Luke’s, Gillingham, Kent.[1] He then became a wartime chaplain with the RNVR (1944–1946)[2] 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),[4] also being made a Companion of the Bath (CB) in 1970 and a canon of Gibraltar Cathedral in 1971.[1]
Europe[edit]
Moving to the Diocese of Gibraltar, Weekes served Tangier as their chaplain from 1972 until[4] he was appointed Dean of Gibraltar (1973–1977).[8] 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),[9][10] to serve as full-time Auxiliary/[4]Assistant Bishop in Gi
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