City mourns bishop known as champion of healing

Chichester is mourning the passing of a champion of Christian healing, with the death of Bishop Morris Maddocks at the age of 79.

Bishop Morris – an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chichester since 1987 – served in parishes in London and York before being consecrated as a bishop and founding the Acorn Christian Healing Trust with his wife Anne.

Morris Henry St John Maddocks was born in 1928 and gained an MA at Trinity College, Cambridge, before training for ordination at Chichester Theological College in 1952. He married Anne at Chichester Cathedral on September 22 1955.

In 1972 Morris was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Selby, where he remained until 1983.

Chichester diocesan communications officer the Rev David Guest said: “During this time he wrote The Christian Healing Ministry (1981) which has become one of the standard and most widely-respected works on the subject, and has seen a number of revised and updated editions over the years.

“His key understanding of Christian healing was ‘Jesus Christ meeting you at the point of your deepest need’.”

Other publications included Journey into Wholeness (1986) and Twenty Questions About Healing (1988), A Healing House of Prayer (1987), and The Vision of Dorothy Kerin (1991).

Mr Guest added: “Morris and Anne found themselves overwhelmed with requests to preach about Christian healing after the book’s publication and the Archbishop of York sent Morris on sabbatical, but on their return to work he was given an unpaid appointment as special adviser on health and healing to the archbishops of Canterbury and York from 1983-95.

“In 1983 Bishop Morris was appointed as assistant bishop to the Bishop of Bath and Wells, a post he held up to 1987.

“It was around this time that the couple were offered a building – Whitehill Chase in Bordon, Hampshire – plus annual funding for the work of Christian healing and this saw the genesis of the Acorn Healing ministry. The foundation, co-founded by Bishop Morris, is still based there.”

After his retirement, the couple returned to Chichester and Morris was invited to be an Honorary Assistant Bishop in 1987. He was also a Canon and Prebendary of the Cathedral from 1992-2003.

Anne died in October 2006. The couple had no children. Bishop Morris continued to live in Canon Lane and had recently undergone major heart surgery.

n The funeral will be in Chichester Cathedral at midday on Friday, February 1, followed by interment at Heyshott Churchyard.

Instead of flowers, donations to Chichester Cathedral Music Fund and Acorn Christian Healing Foundation of which he was co-founder.

Send donation cheques c/o Edward White & Son Funeral Directors, 74-77, St Pancras, Chichester, PO19 7LS. Telephone 01243 782136.