Anglican Bishop John C. Bothwell was seen in the church as one of the great leaders of his time. Bothwell died in Burlington on Jan. 28 at 87.
He became the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Niagara in 1973, a period of increasing secularization. Congregations were beginning to shrink and Bothwell said at the time that church leaders needed to be salespeople of the Christian message, rather than protectors of the faith.
He ordained the first female priests in the Diocese of Niagara in 1967 and co-consecrated at the ordination of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator