Canon Giles Goward, the Rector of St Mary’s College Oscott, has died, aged 55.
Canon Goward died peacefully at the college on Thursday 28th January after a brief illness, the archdiocese of Birmingham said. Archbishop Bernard Longley expressed his sadness and asked for prayers. “It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Canon Giles Goward, the Rector of St Mary’s College Oscott, died peacefully in the seminary after a brief illness,” he said.
“Please pray now for the happy repose of his soul, as well as for the intentions of his family and friends, together with Fr Paul Keane and all the Seminary community at Oscott.”
Vice-Rector Fr Paul Keane will serve as Acting Rector for the time being, and Archbishop Longley expressed thanks both to him and staff at Oscott College for the support they had given to Canon Goward in recent weeks.
Funeral arrangements will be made available in due course.
Canon Giles was ordained at St Chad’s Cathedral on 14th July 1995. He served as assistant priest at Holy Trinity, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 1995 to 1996. He was then appointed as archbishop’s secretary from 1996 to 2000; parish priest at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Worcester from 2000-2005; parish priest at Our Lady and St Anne Caversham 2005-2013; pastoral director, formation tutor and director for the Permanent Deacon Programme at St Mary’s College from 2013 to 2020. He was appointed as Rector of St Mary’s on 28th June 2020.
Picture: Oscott College. (BoldmereBoy/Wikimedia Commons).