The Benefice of St. Bartholomew

From the Rector - April 2017 - The Ven. John Holliman

John HollimanThe Venerable John Holliman and I were both Incumbents in the Diocese of Chichester, though didn't know each other at the time. He retired to the Salisbury Diocese and was an invaluable part of the Ministry Team in our Benefice. He served us with loyalty and faithfulness under two incumbents and was key during the vacancy. He knew the people of the Benefice well and cared very deeply for them.

John died peacefully at 5am on the 4th March 2017 fortified by the rites of the church. Please keep Evis, Karl, Aurora, Sian and their families in your prayers.

He was ordained Deacon in 1967 and priested the following year. He served his title in my native Derbyshire serving as Assistant Curate in Tideswell. John was a Chaplain to the Forces from 1971 and retired from the Army as Deputy Chaplain General and Archdeacon for the Army. He then served as an Incumbent in Funtington, Sennicotts and West Stoke from 1999 and served as Rural Dean of Westbourne from 2004. He was also an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen from 1994 to 1999.

In our local community he was also Chairman of Shaftesbury Area Talking Newspaper and maintained involvement with various organisations.

John's wishes were for a funeral service and burial in Funtington and a thanksgiving service to take place at Semley in Wiltshire at a later date. Although the majority of his ministry was spent with the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, he often talked about his time in Chichester as he clearly loved being a parish priest there.

He requested a “Solemn Requiem Mass” which took place on Saturday 18th March 2017 at 2.30pm in West Sussex.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service at Semley on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 2.30pm in St Leonard's Church, Semley.

John was a very humble and holy priest. We became firm friends and he was a great support to me and was willing to dispense his wisdom and experience quietly and with great humour. I also know he prayed for the people of the Benefice and our bishops and archdeacon and many others daily, and he managed to pray his daily offices, or latterly have them said to him till the end.

 

Richard Warhurst
Rector