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Beloved Bishop Keith Riglin of Argyll & The Isles Passes Away at Age 66 After Brief Illness

The Scottish Episcopal Church has sorrowfully announced the passing of the Rt Rev Dr Keith Riglin, the esteemed Bishop of Argyll & The Isles, who succumbed to a brief illness. 

At the age of 66, Bishop Keith departed this world on a Sunday, surrounded by his loving family at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

Bishop Keith’s spiritual journey began in the Baptist Church, where he served from 1983 to 1996. His dedication to ministry continued in the United Reformed Church until 2008, when he received ordination as a deacon and priest within the Church of England. In 2012, he was honored with the appointment as the Chaplain of King’s College, London, a role he faithfully fulfilled until 2021.

During this time, he also held positions as the Assistant Dean from 2017 to 2020 and subsequently as the Vice-Dean from 2020 to 2021. On the 1st of May, 2021, Bishop Keith was consecrated as a bishop in St John’s Cathedral, Oban.

Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London, expressed her condolences and admiration for Bishop Keith on social media. She fondly remembered him as a dear friend to many in the London diocese, highlighting the appreciation for his ministry and companionship. Her thoughts and prayers extended to Jen, Bishop Keith’s family, the Wesley’s Chapel community where his wife, Jen, served as Superintendent Minister, and the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. She hoped that he may find eternal peace and rise in glory.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, serving as the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, also paid a heartfelt tribute to Bishop Keith. He reflected on Bishop Keith’s spiritual journey, which led him to the Scottish Episcopal Church in 2012 as part of a remarkable odyssey through ordained ministry across the United Kingdom.

Bishop Keith was recognized for the invaluable gifts he brought to the Church, most notably his unwavering joy in serving, as well as his profound love for engaging in meaningful conversations with all those he encountered. These qualities endeared him to many within the Church.

Today, the Church mourns the loss of a devoted Brother in Christ, and the Most Rev Mark Strange requested the support of the community in offering prayers for Bishop Keith’s wife, Jen, along with his family and loved ones. He also extended this plea for divine intervention to encompass the congregations, clergy, leaders, and staff of the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles, acknowledging the profound impact of Bishop Keith’s ministry and presence within the Church.

The passing of Bishop Keith Riglin marks a solemn moment in the history of the Scottish Episcopal Church. His dedicated service, joyful spirit, and engaging nature left an indelible impression on all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

As the Church collectively grieves his departure, they also celebrate the lasting legacy of a man who devoted his life to the ministry, fostering connections and bringing solace to countless souls. 

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