Patrick Rodger

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Patrick Campbell Rodger (28 November 1920 – 8 July 2002) was an Anglican bishop and ecumenist. He was the Bishop of Manchester (1970–1978) and Bishop of Oxford (1978–1986).[1]

He came from the Scottish Episcopal Church,[2] having served ministries in Edinburgh (including a time as Provost of St Mary's Cathedral). He came from a prosperous middle-class family in Helensburgh,[3] Argyll and Bute, Scotland.[4]

Towards the end of the Second World War he served in the Royal Corps of Signals.[5] After a brilliant undergraduate career at Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1947) he studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. After his first curacy in Edinburgh, he worked for the Student Christian Movement. From 1961 to 1966 he was a member of staff of the World Council of Churches (Executive Secretary for Faith and Order). He returned from Geneva after being nominated (but not elected) as General Secretary of the WCC. In the event the post went to the Revd Eugene Carson Blake. During his service as an Anglican Bishop he was also chair of the Churches' Unity Commission and president of the Conference of European Churches. As Bishop of Oxford he presided over the beginning of an Area scheme which delegated functions from the diocesan to his suffragan or "Area" bishops, in order to decentralise the work of the diocese. In retirement he served as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Edinburgh. In 1989, he published Songs in a Strange Land, a devotional book on praying with the Psalms.

He was an early advocate of the ordination of women as deacons and priests.


  1. The Times, 21 October 1978; pg. 14; Issue 60438; col A New Bishop of Oxford
  2. Independent Obituary
  3. Helensburgh heroes web site
  4. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Reginald Foskett
Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
Succeeded by
George Crosfield
Preceded by
William Greer
Bishop of Manchester
Succeeded by
Stanley Booth-Clibborn
Preceded by
Kenneth Woollcombe
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Richard Harries