The Diocese of Shrewsbury is mourning the death of Bishop Brian Noble, who has died at the age of 83.
Bishop Noble, the 10th Bishop of Shrewsbury, was formerly a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster. He was ordained for the Diocese of Shrewsbury in 1995 and he retired in 2010, but continued to be active, giving talks and retreats and assisting in the parishes.
After a long struggle against illness, Bishop Noble died peacefully on the afternoon of Monday 21st October at Arrowe Park Hospital, the Wirral.
His successor, Bishop Mark Davies, has requested that the priests of the diocese offer Mass for Bishop Noble, and also for the prayers of all the people of the diocese.
“The Shrewsbury Diocese shares a great sadness that Bishop Brian Noble, who was so much part of our lives as priest and bishop, has passed from this world,” said Bishop Davies.
“We will especially remember his example of perseverance through serious illness in his care of this diocese with his unfailing dedication and good humour. Conscious of the immense responsibility given to a bishop, I ask the prayers of all for the eternal and happy repose of his soul.”
The Diocese of Shrewsbury covers the parts of Merseyside south of the River Mersey, the southern parts of Greater Manchester, parts of Derbyshire, almost all of Cheshire and all of Shropshire.
Details of prayer vigils and funeral arrangement will be announced at a later date.
Picture: The Bishop Emeritus of Shrewsbury, Brian Noble. (Diocese of Shrewsbury).