‘He gave his life in service of our diocese’

Photo of Bishop John Sherlock, courtesy of the Diocese of London.

Tributes are pouring in for a former Bishop of the Diocese of London, who passed away Monday.

Bishop John Sherlock was 93. Born in Saskatchewan, he grew up in Brantford and entered St. Augustine’s Seminary after completing high school. He was ordained in June of 1950, joining his brothers Phillip and James in the priesthood.

Sherlock served as Bishop of London from 1978 to 2002, leading the church during a “time of social upheaval when the Church searched for new ways to continue its mission,” according to his obituary.

“Bishop Sherlock was a true pastor who was close to his priests and his people,” Bishop Ronald Fabbro said in a statement released by the Diocese. “In his episcopal ministry over the past 45 years, he gave his life in service of our diocese and the wider Church in Canada. We will miss him, and we pray for him that he will rest in peace.”

Bishop Sherlock retired in April of 2002 and decided to stay in London. According to his obituary, he stayed active by teaching, conducting retreats and parish missions, helping at parishes on weekends, and participating in diocesan celebrations. He continued hearing confessions and celebrating Mass almost every Monday at the cathedral into late 2018.

Visitation will be held at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica in London on Thursday, August 15, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday, August 16 from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at St. Peter’s cemetery, London.