Father Hugh Bowron joined the priesthood straight from university. He trained in Britain at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, which meant the religious community in the monastery adjoining the College was a major influence on the way he was formed for ministry. Amongst other things this provided an introduction to a high standard of liturgical competence. There was also the expectation that a priest would be a man of prayer, a spiritual leader first and foremost, who would know what they were about in trafficking in things of the spirit.
Four years as a country Vicar of Ellesmere in Mid Canterbury (at which time Bishop Kelvin was the Vicar of Waiho Downs) was followed by nine years as Vicar of St Mary’s, Addington in Christchurch. Subsequent posts were as Vicar of St Peter’s, Willis St, in inner city Wellington for ten years and most recently, Vicar of Holy Trinity Avonside in Christchurch.
The doctrine of God, with a particular emphasis on Trinitarian theology, and Pneumatology, the theology of the Holy Spirit, has become an absorbing interest for Father Hugh in recent years. In his spare time he watches lots of art house movies, and reads history, novels, and poetry.
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