Bishop Ronald (Ronnie) Bowlby, was the 7th Bishop of Southwark from 1980 until 1991
Under his episcopacy the Area Scheme in the diocese was introduced and there was a strong emphasis on social responsibility. As a supporter of the ordination of women it was Bishop Ronnie who ordained the first women in the diocese to the deaconate in 1987. Bishop Ronnie died just before Christmas.
Bishop Christopher Chessun, the 10th Bishop of Southwark, will preside at a Requiem Eucharist in the Cathedral on Friday 10 January 2020 at 12.45pm. All are welcome at this service at which the preacher will be Bishop Peter Selby who was the Bishop of Kingston whilst Bishop Ronnie was the diocesan bishop.