All Saints Day, 1 November 2013, was marked with a special ceremony in the diocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Gibraltar when Bishop Geoffrey retired exactly 12 years to the day since his enthronement in the same Cathedral.
It was also the 44th anniversary of his ordination as a Priest. The service, attended by the Governor of Gibraltar and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Gibraltar, began with a highland pipe band and included the commissioning of Canon Geoffrey Johnston as Acting Archdeacon of Gibraltar. Bishop Geoffrey formally handed over the legal mandate for Bishop David, his Suffragan, to act as Diocesan Bishop during the interregnum. In addition to the Cathedral choir the National Choir of Gibraltar sang items during the Communion.
Before the final blessing there were presentations to the Bishop and to Canon David Sutch, who has also retired as Archdeacon of Gibraltar. The final hymn, “For all the saints” was sung with gusto, with the addition of a trumpet played by Fr Jim Sutton, who assists in leading worship in the Cathedral.
The Bishop had earlier been interviewed for the Gibraltar newspaper and local television news.
For a full range of the photo album from the event see https://picasaweb.google.com/103756157143625971503/GIBRALTARBISHOPSFAREWELL201302#
Listen to Bishop Geoffrey's own thoughts on the day as he talks to Paul Needle