On Saturday November 19, in a packed St John’s Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Hollis celebrated Mass in thanksgiving of his 22 years as Bishop of Portsmouth.
Present were representatives of every parish in the diocese as well and members of the diocesan curia and organisations in the diocese.
As part of the offertory procession at the Mass symbols of his ministry and life in the diocese were brought forward. They included symbols of the diocese restructuring, the successful Living your Faith campaign, which raised over £13m to secure the future finances of the diocese, a gift from the twin diocese of Bamenda in Cameroun and a Portsmouth football shirt as a sign of his involvement in the life of the city.
Speaking after the Mass Bishop Hollis said that his years in Portsmouth had been the happiest years of his life.
He thanked everyone for their part played in the life of the diocese, and also thanked them for their prayers, best wishes and support during his recent treatment for cancer.