Our Bishop

The Rt. Rev’d Samuel Vincent Rose

Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

About our Bishop 

The Right Reverend Samuel Vincent Rose (Bishop Sam) was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland & Labrador where he was also baptized, confirmed and ordained a Priest in his home Church of St. Cyprian.

He is a graduate of Memorial University and Queen’s College.  He has served the Church in the parishes of Battle Harbour and Cartwright (Labrador), Indian Bay (Diocese of Central Newfoundland), All Saints in Conception Bay South, and St. Michael and All Angels in St. John’s.  He was Editor of the Tri-Diocesan newspaper Anglican Life for several years and most recently was the Diocesan Executive Officer and Administrator of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador.

He is married to Jill (nee Mercer) a Teacher and Professor, and they have two teenagers: Amy and Samuel. The newest addition to the Rose Family is a Standard Poodle named Ollie who takes the Bishop on walks every day!

Bishop Sam is an avid landscape painter in watercolor and acrylic which has become a source of inspiration and has grown into a spiritual meditation on the beauty of God’s Creation.

His vision for the Diocese and the wider Church is that we develop a deeper awareness of God’s presence in all aspects of life and to respond to where God is calling us to serve, even in the most challenging of circumstances, in hope and faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In Memoriam

The Right Reverend Dr Geoffrey Curtis Ralph Peddle

January 1, 1963 to October 8, 2020

We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of our beloved Geoff – husband, father, grandfather, brother, servant, Priest and Bishop – but mostly friend, and above all, a child of God. His life and his work exemplified his favourite words from the Prophet Micah: “What does the Lord require of you but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Geoff was born in Bonavista and was a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian – he loved both places and he was honoured to serve and minister as Priest and Bishop in Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

He is predeceased by his parents Ralph and Jean Peddle, sister Kathryn, brother-in-law Arch, in-laws Fred and Stella Hayter, and brothers-in-law David and Vince.

Leaving to mourn and to give thanksgiving for his life are his wife Kathy, son Adam and daughter-in law Magdalena, precious granddaughter Josefina, and son Benjamin. Also leaving to mourn are his brothers Gerry (Elsie), Leslie (Bernice), his sister Sandra, and their families, brothers-in-law Fred (Liz), Jim (Angie), Ray (Cathie) and sisters-in-law Marie (David), Elaine, Phyllis (Hubert), Doreen (Phil) and their families, as well as the Curda family in the Czech Republic. Also mourning his loss are his Synod Office and Church families, including fellow Bishops, Priests and Deacons, the parishioners throughout his beloved Diocese, and many colleagues worldwide.  He leaves a wide circle of dear friends including Peter and Jan, Leslie and Sue, Dan, Cindy, Derm (Anne deceased), Andrew and Amy, Sam and Jill, Ed and Claudia, Jonell (Larry deceased), Hilda (Bruce deceased), Rick, and Sisters Elizabeth Davis and Geraldine Mason of the Sisters of Mercy Congregation.

Cremation has taken place. There is no visitation at this time and a funeral service will be planned for when friends and family can gather. Please give thanksgiving for Geoff’s life by taking the time to speak with a friend, to share a coffee, drink or meal together, enjoy a good book or a bad movie, or take a walk in nature – all the things Geoff loved. Be kind to one another. May there be many moments of grace for us all as we make our way through these bewildering and sorrowful days. Even though Geoff’s light has changed- it is still everywhere and in every place.

Donations in Geoff’s memory would be welcomed to any of the projects he supported: The Home Again Furniture Bank, The Food Sharing Association, Roots of Empathy, Godly Play Canada, or the PWRDF.


Bishop Peddle’s Writings

To read the Bishop Peddle’s sermons, Pastoral Letters and his weekly Moments of Grace, please CLICK HERE