An announcement from Archbishop Bernard Longley:

"It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Canon Giles Goward, the Rector of St Mary’s College Oscott, died peacefully yesterday afternoon (Thurs 28 Jan) in the Seminary after a brief illness.

"Please pray now for the happy repose of his soul, as well as for the intentions of his family and friends, together with Fr Paul Keane and all the Seminary community at Oscott.

"Fr Paul has agreed to serve the seminary as Acting Rector for the time to come and I am very grateful to him for his readiness to take up this responsibility, as well as for all the support that he and the staff have given to Canon Giles in recent weeks."

Canon Giles was ordained at St Chad’s Cathedral 14 July 1995. He served as Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 1995 to 1996. He was then appointed as Archbishop’s Secretary from 1996 to 2000;  Parish Priest at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Worcester from 2000-2005;  Parish Priest Our Lady and St Anne Caversham 2005-2013;  Pastoral Director, Formation Tutor and Director for the Permanent Deacon Programme at St Mary’s College from 2013 to 2020. He was appointed as Rector of St Mary’s on 28 June last year.

Notice of Death

Of your charity, please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Canon Giles Goward, Priest of the Archdiocese  who died on Thursday 28 January 2021 at the seminary, St Mary’s College, Oscott fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church.
Reception of the Body and Mass at the Chapel, St Mary’s College, Oscott, on Sunday 7 February 2021 at 4pm.
The Funeral Mass will be at the Chapel, St Mary’s College, Oscott on Monday 8 February 2021 at 12noon. Archbishop Bernard Longley presiding.
Burial at Oscott.

The Reception and Funeral Mass will be celebrated in accordance with the current lockdown guidelines. The number of people who can attend will be strictly limited. The funeral Mass for Canon Giles will be live streamed from Oscott. There will be a link available on the college website

Canon Giles Goward
Canon Giles at last year's ordination of Frs Benedict Skipper and Sean Gough