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Tragic death of vicar is profound blow, says bishop.

 

A bishop described the death of a vicar found hanged as a profound blow to villagers.

Police found the body of Rev Christopher Loveless, of St Margaret’s Church in Warnham in woodland near his home on the evening of Friday last week.

An inquiry has begun for a report to West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield for an inquest into the circumstances of the death of popular Mr Loveless. One of the possibilities the investigation will explore will be that Mr Loveless took his own life.

No-one else is believed to have been involved in the incident and a Sussex police spokesman said:  “We were contacted shortly before 8pm on Friday 17 July with a report that a 53-year-old man had gone missing from his home in Warnham.

“Officers searched the area and found the body of a man at about 9pm at the woods near Tilletts Lane in Warnham.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious. The coroner’s officer has been informed.”

A statement from the family on the Diocese website said that Mr Loveless, who had been struggling with stress, died suddenly on Friday night.

The Bishop of Horsham Rt Rev Mark Sowerby said the whole Diocese would be praying for his wife Natalie and their two children as well as for Mr Loveless.

An Oxford graduate who studied at Lincoln Theological College,  Mr Loveless was ordained priest in 1992 after serving his title as Curate of Willingdon.

Between 1995 and 1999 he was Curate of Goring by Sea from where he went to be Vicar of Warnham, where he has served for 15 years.

Bishop Mark said in a tribute: “Christopher Loveless was a talented and experienced parish priest who was much loved in the parish of Warnham, where has had served since 1999. His sudden death comes as a profound blow not only to his family and the people of Warnham, but to the many friends who loved and admired him and to all who benefited from his gentle pastoral care. May he rest in God’s peace.”

 

A bishop described the death of a vicar found hanged as a profound blow to villagers.

Police found the body of Rev Christopher Loveless, of St Margaret’s Church in Warnham in woodland near his home on the evening of Friday last week.

An inquiry has begun for a report to West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield for an inquest into the circumstances of the death of popular Mr Loveless. One of the possibilities the investigation will explore will be that Mr Loveless took his own life.

No-one else is believed to have been involved in the incident and a Sussex police spokesman said:  “We were contacted shortly before 8pm on Friday 17 July with a report that a 53-year-old man had gone missing from his home in Warnham.

“Officers searched the area and found the body of a man at about 9pm at the woods near Tilletts Lane in Warnham.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious. The coroner’s officer has been informed.”

A statement from the family on the Diocese website said that Mr Loveless, who had been struggling with stress, died suddenly on Friday night.

The Bishop of Horsham Rt Rev Mark Sowerby said the whole Diocese would be praying for his wife Natalie and their two children as well as for Mr Loveless.

An Oxford graduate who studied at Lincoln Theological College,  Mr Loveless was ordained priest in 1992 after serving his title as Curate of Willingdon.

Between 1995 and 1999 he was Curate of Goring by Sea from where he went to be Vicar of Warnham, where he has served for 15 years.

Bishop Mark said in a tribute: “Christopher Loveless was a talented and experienced parish priest who was much loved in the parish of Warnham, where has had served since 1999. His sudden death comes as a profound blow not only to his family and the people of Warnham, but to the many friends who loved and admired him and to all who benefited from his gentle pastoral care. May he rest in God’s peace.”

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