Lord Habgood - a statement from the Archbishop of York


Lord Habgood with his wife Rosalie kneeling in front of Bishopthorpe Palace with their 3 dogs Lord Habgood with his wife Rosalie pictured outside Bishopthorpe Palace

Archbishop Sentamu today gave this statement following the death of the former Archbishop of York, John Habgood

The sad news of the death yesterday of former Archbishop of York, John Stapylton Habgood, comes as northern bishops gather for a Diocesan mission in Liverpool. As a hugely distinguished scientist, theologian and philosopher, Archbishop Habgood’s faith in Christ gave him a particular perspective and a persuasive witness both to church and nation for his time. His many books simplified big and complex questions, revealing an incredibly perceptive intellect. I’m very glad to have confirmed his grandchildren and dedicated a room in his honour at Bishopthorpe Palace.

His towering presence, physical, intellectual, and spiritual, was a gift to all who knew him. My prayers are with his family at this time. May he Rest in Peace, and rise in glory.’

+Sentamu Ebor


A Memorial Service for Lord Habgood will take place at 11am on Thursday 27 June at York Minster

Memorial Service for the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Habgood