Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament
Bishop Roger Jupp was born in London in 1956 and was brought up in Blackheath. After schooling at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys’ Grammar School, he read Theology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford 1975-1978. A year as a Nursing Auxiliary at St Christopher’s Hospice in SE London was followed by training for the priesthood at Chichester Theological College. He served curacies in Newbold in Chesterfield, Oxford and London. Appointed Chaplain to the then Area Bishop of Horsham in the diocese of Chichester, Bishop Colin Docker, he was also Vicar of Lower Beeding. He subsequently held other appointments in the diocese, and did a PGCE at St Mary’s, Strawberry Hill. A return to parish life as an assistant in Aldwick was followed by his appointment as Principal of Newton Theological College in the Anglican Province of Papua New Guinea. An interest in the Church’s mission there had already been awakened by the annual commemoration at Chichester Theological College of Father Vivian Redlich, a former student in the 1930s, and one of the New Guinea Martyrs.
An unexpected vacancy in the local diocese of Popondota occasioned his election as its Bishop and he was consecrated in the Cathedral of the Resurrection there on 23rd February 2003. Regrettably, the following year he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition requiring triple by-pass surgery and this forced his return to England in 2005. Returning to the diocese of Chichester, he was then appointed to the parish of Christ Church St Leonards-on-Sea, one of the leading Anglo-Catholic parishes on the south coast. He also fulfilled occasional duties as an Honorary Assistant Bishop. In 2012 Bishop Roger was appointed Vicar of St Laurence, Long Eaton and Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, Ilkeston in the diocese of Derby.
His wife, Sue, he met in St Leonards-on-Sea and they were married in 2007. Sue has two children and two grandchildren. Both he and his wife are Oblates of the Community of the Holy Cross at Costock.
Ever since his days as an undergraduate, Bishop Roger has pursued an interest in 19th century Church History. He has also had a continuing interest in ecumenism throughout his ministry and has been a member of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary since the 1980s and is now one of its Moderators. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC), the Church Union, and the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the oldest devotional society for both priests and laity in the Church of England, of which he was elected Superior-General in 2012. In 2013 he was elected Chairman of the Glastonbury Pilgrimage Association in succession to Bishop John Ford.
Unlike most members of his family, he is definitely not a sportsman and prefers to exercise his mind through reading and listening to music. He and Sue particularly enjoy travel and their membership of the National Trust.
St Laurence’s Vicarage,