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Memorial to Chadwick brothers dedicated

Friday, 2nd February 2018

Memorial to Chadwick brothers dedicated

A memorial to two brothers, both priests and distinguished academics, Owen Chadwick OM KBE and Henry Chadwick KBE, was dedicated in the South Quire Aisle of Westminster Abbey on Thursday 1st February 2018.

The service was led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:

We assemble to give thanks to almighty God for two brothers whose unparalleled contribution in the 20th century to the study of theology and the history of the Church was enlivened by a deep devotion, a vital Christian faith, and a powerful commitment to the academic life in the two ancient universities, and whose collective impact in Church and academy was extraordinarily wide.

This south Quire aisle of the Abbey holds many memorials, including those to William Tyndale, Henry Francis Lyte, Isaac Watts, and the brothers John and Charles Wesley. Now the brothers Owen and Henry Chadwick join this distinguished company of theologians and churchmen.

We remember and celebrate the life and work of Owen Chadwick, priest, Regius professor, Master of Selwyn, vice chancellor, and of Henry Chadwick, priest, Regius professor, Dean of Christ Church, Master of Peterhouse, and pro-vice chancellor, as we dedicate this permanent memorial in their honour.

A tribute was given by Professor Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge.

Stephen Chadwick read Ecclesiasticus 44:1-8 and Priscilla Chadwick read Philippians 4: 4-9.

Prayers were led by The Reverend Jane Sinclair, Canon in Residence.

Further reading

Order of Service for the Dedication of a Memorial to Owen Chadwick OM KBE and Henry Chadwick KBE (PDF, 567KB)

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