Bishop Ambrose Griffiths OSB, Emeritus of Hexham & Newcastle and former Abbot of Ampleforth has died peacefully on Tuesday 14th June at the age of 82.
Born on 4 December 1928 in Twickenham, Greater London, he was educated at Ampleforth College and at Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the monastic Community at Ampleforth in 1950, receiving the religious name of Ambrose, and was ordained to the priesthood on 21 July 1957. In April 1976 he was elected its fifth Abbot. At the end of his eight-year abbacy, Ambrose went to work as parish priest of St Mary, Leyland, where he stayed for eight years before being appointed Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle in 1992. For a number of years he was the “bishop for youth”, proving to be a great advocate and friend to many engaged in youth ministry with his youthful exuberance and elder wisdom. He retired as diocesan bishop in May 2005 and returned to the parish of St Mary, Leyland, where he became Assistant Priest.
In January 2011 Bishop Ambrose was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and died on 14 June 2011. May he rest in peace.