The Right Reverend Michael Humphrey Dickens Whinney

The Diocese is sad to announce that the Right Reverend Michael Whinney, 8th Bishop of Southwell (1985-88) died on 3 February 2017, aged 86, in the care of friends and family after a short illness.

Michael was deaconed in 1957 and priested in 1958 in Chelmsford diocese where he served his curacy in Rainham.  He was licensed as Vicar of Bermondsey in 1967 and was then made Archdeacon of Southwark in 1973.  Michael was consecrated as a Bishop in 1982, serving first as suffragan bishop in Aston, Birmingham, and then as diocesan bishop in Southwell.  In retirement he ministered as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Birmingham.

The present Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams, said: “I was very saddened to hear of Bishop Michael’s death and we hold the family very much in our prayers at this time.  Michael and Veronica came to this diocese with a deep commitment to mission and church growth. He brought with him considerable experience ministering in urban contexts, enabling the church to flourish across diverse communities, previously as Bishop of Aston and prior to that in south and east London, including 13 years in Bermondsey.  Sadly, ill-health foreshortened his time in Southwell, though he continued an active pastoral ministry as an assistant bishop in Birmingham.”

Michael leaves a widow, Veronica, and three children.  There will be a private funeral followed by a memorial service held in Birmingham later in the year.