It was with great sadness that the College learnt of the death of Lord Pilkington of Oxenford.
Canon Peter Pilkington, who had been a Patron of the College since 2007, died on 14 February. He generously agreed to become a Patron as he already knew of our work and wanted to help make it as widely known as possible.
He was particularly attracted by the fact that, from its earliest days, the College has been home to many who have worked in missionary service in Africa and elsewhere. He himself joined the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa before returning to train for ordination at Westcott House.
As well as visiting the College, Lord Pilkington was an enthusiastic presence at a reception held at the House of Commons in 2009. Sadly, after this his health did not permit him to visit us again, although we remained grateful for his continuing prayers.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, and our gratitude for his commitment to the College at the end of his life.
X May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
To read more about Lord Pilkington’s last engagement with the College, click here.