Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anglican Professor Slain in South Africa

From the Living Church-

The Rev. Clive Newman, who narrowly escaped murder when he was a 27-year-old businessman in 1991, was found dead on Nov. 9.

Fr. Newman, 45, was a lecturer at College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown, South Africa, for the past four years. He taught in the fields of Anglican studies, worship and early African church history. He was ordained in 2007.

The Rev. Canon William Domeris, rector of the college, found Fr. Newman’s body in his campus apartment. Canon Domeris said he checked on Fr. Domeris because he had not shown up for teaching duties or for worship.

The attack in 1991, by two men who had already killed three other people, left Fr. Newman with sliced vocal chords and gaping wound in his neck. He was told that he may never regain his voice, and he suffered a stroke.

He regained 80 percent of his voice and went on to sing in the St. Maury’s Church choir in Port Elizabeth.

“Clive was a gentle man who looked after everybody,” said his sister, Adele Bulkin, of Summerstrand, in The Herald of Port Elizabeth. “He spent his whole life spreading the word of God in his community and doing acts of kindness.
“He was an amazing person and he is going to be sorely missed.”

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