Stress claims life of West Sussex priest

The Bishop of Horsham has offered his condolences to the family of the Rev. Christopher Loveless (53), Vicar of Warnham, who took his life on the night of 17 July 2015. “Christopher Loveless was a talented and experienced parish priest who was much loved in the parish of Warnham, where has had served since 1999. His sudden death comes as a profound blow not only to his family and the people of Warnham, but to the many friends who loved and admired him and to all who benefited from his gentle pastoral care. May he rest in God’s peace,” the Rt. Rev. Mark Sowerby said on 18 July 2015. Mr. Loveless was “struggling with stress” the Diocese of Chichester reported. Police were alerted after concerns were raised about his well-being on Friday evening by his family. A search found his hanged body in a nearby wood. Police are treating his death as a suicide. Educated at Oxford University and Lincoln Theological College, Mr. Loveless was ordained priest in 1992 after serving his title as Curate of Willingdon. Between 1995-1999 he was Curate of Goring by Sea from where he went to be Vicar of Warnham where he has served for 15 years. He leaves behind a wife and two children.


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