Bishop Christopher wrote on Holy Saturday:
I’ve just heard the sad news that Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward died today. Simon was Bishop of Coventry from 1985 to 1997, and was dearly loved. Indeed, he remains in people’s hearts across the Diocese. Many of you will have been ordained or first licensed or confirmed by him. Bishop John worked closely with Simon during his curacy and, like many of us, has many stories to tell of Bishop Simon’s faithful and loving ministry. Before coming to Coventry Bishop Simon was my Spiritual Director and, throughout my time as one of his successors, Simon’s example has been an inspiration. I learnt so much from him and I join with the Diocese of Coventry as a whole in being indebted to this kind and holy Father-in-God.
Bishop Simon taught me to pray the Jesus Prayer. He told me that, like him, I would need to use it during the day as bishop ‘to come up for air’. We give thanks for this person of prayer who knew how to dwell in the presence of God, and who will now breathe the sweet and pure air of the new creation. And we pray for dear Jean, for their daughters, Helen and Mary and for the whole family.