Statue for two Bishops
By Paul Coslett
Two of Liverpool’s most revered religious leaders are honoured with a bronze statue.
The statue on Hope Street
A bronze statue of two of Merseyside’s most revered Bishops has been unveiled on the street linking their two cathedrals.
The 15ft bronze statue of Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock stands halfway along Hope Street between Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Designed by sculptor Stephen Broadbent the statue was paid for by public subscription after a campaign by the Liverpool Echo.
The statue is in the shape of two bronze doors one depicting David Sheppard and the other Derek Worlock.
'Fish and chips'
The two men did much to heal the sectarian divide in Liverpool and were great campaigners for the city during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Dubbed ‘fish and chips’, as they were always together and never out of the papers, the statue is decorated with newspaper headlines from their time as the city’s religious leaders.
The two bishop’s efforts to bring about religious reconciliation culminated in the visit of Pope John Paul II to Liverpool in 1982.
The Pope was welcomed in to Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral by David Sheppard before leading a papal mass to two thousand people at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
The statues on Hope Street
In 1985, following the Heysel stadium disaster, Archbishop Worlock and Bishop Sheppard went to Turin with an all-party delegation to repair Anglo-Italian relations.
In January 1994 Derek Worlock and David Sheppard were jointly awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones and the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Rev Patrick Kelly were both present at the statue’s unveiling on Sunday, 11 May, 2008.
Bishop James Jones said, “The memorial is a fitting tribute to the work that Bishop Sheppard, Archbishop Worlock and ecumenical leaders did for the city and people of Liverpool.
Derek Worlock died of cancer on 8 February, 1996 four days before he was due to receive the Companion of Honour which he’d been awarded in the 1996 New Year’s Honours.
David Sheppard, who had played test cricket for England, died of cancer on 5 March, 2005, the day before what would have been his 76th birthday.
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last updated: 12/05/2008 at 16:12