17 Sep 2018

Memorial Eucharist & Thanksgiving for Fr Peter Edwards

A memorial service has been held for the late Fr Peter Edwards, who sadly passed away in May 2018.

On Wednesday 12th September approximately 100 church members and friends gathered in the Church of Nuestra Senora de La Merced, in Calpe. This is one of the premises that the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy are privileged to use for Sunday Worship. The gathering was a true celebration of the life of Fr Peter Edwards. The hymn singing was tremendous, the Chaplaincy Singers sang as the clergy entered, Psalm 23 was sung and another moving piece after the communion. Fr Marcus gave the address which told everyone so much about Peter and caused laughter with much reminiscing. Paul Calvey from the El Campello Church and Neville Jarrett from the Albir Church gave us a few words both having know Peter for a long time – the humour and the dedication evident.

Fr Peter was born on 24th February 1950. He attended Ardingly College in Sussex. He was Head Boy of the school from January to July 1968. After graduating from St Marks and St John College, Chelsea in 1972 with a degree in English he taught at Sir William Borlaise Grammar School in Marlow and later at Caterham School. In 1983 he began training at St Stephen’s House and was ordained deacon in 1985 and priest in 1986 in the Diocese of Southwark. Peter served his title at St Augustine’s Lee in Grove Park before moving to Christ the King, Salfords as vicar from 1990-1997. In 1997 he moved to St Mary’s, Newington before moving to Spain in 2003.

He took up a post as chaplain in the team in the Parish of the Holy Spirit, Costa Blanca and became senior chaplain in 2009. In 2012 Peter was made a canon of Gibraltar Cathedral. He retired in 2015. The chaplaincy team writes: “Under his proficient pastoral over sight as Senior Chaplain he nurtured a warm, open, accommodating and gentle Catholic expression of Church life across the eight congregations of the chaplaincy. With this he combined gifts of meticulous pastoral care, a sense of humour and a confident, no nonsense approach to Church life. He was warmly accepted and appreciated as a colleague by the local Roman Catholic clergy and did much to deepen ecumenical relations on the Costa Blanca.” Peter had many friends around the world and will be remembered both as a caring and loving person who sought out the vulnerable and weak and also as a strong-minded person who was a great advocate for catholic teaching and order.

He will be remembered by his friends and family as a loyal friend, an entertaining colleague and faithful priest of many years. He was a master of the English language and a great storyteller. He was much loved by his family and his life-partner Ian with whom he lived in Spain.

The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy serves the community from Valencia to Alicante with services in 8 different towns. For information on the activities of the church and the contact details and service times visit