On Friday 17 March 2017, Karowei Dorgu became the new Bishop of Woolwich at a service of over two hours at Southwark Cathedral.
Part of the reason the service was long was the African singing, swaying and dancing that took place both before, after and during the service! Karowei comes from Nigeria, and the cathedral was packed with many friends and supporters, some of whom had flown in from his home country.
Karowei was a student at Oak Hill from 1993 to 95. I remember him well for his lively sense of humour, his effervescent character and the way everyone loved him! He was in my Greek class in his first year, although it would be fair to say Greek wasn’t his strongest subject. This led to many jokey conversations about him keeping up his Greek, including last Friday when I spoke to him after the service!
Karowei was also a church placement supervisor for many years when he was Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Upper Holloway. He oversaw many students, who regularly spoke of his warmth, care and wise counsel. He supported Oak Hill and all it aimed to do to train ordinands.
He came to every supervisors’ day and always spoke with affection for the college. He is the second Old Oak to become bishop during my 29 years at Oak Hill, after David Court (who became Bishop of Grimsby in 2014). Our prayers are with him, for a Christ-filled ministry in Woolwich!
Photo used by permission of the Diocese of Southwark