Primarily a country parson, Francis Vere Hodge saw his role as caring not only for his human parishioners, but also the animals, trees, plants and the soil itself. He was one of the first to hold services of blessing for animals and, later, for all creation. In 1982 – the 800th anniversary year of Wells Cathedral – he memorably organised the first Service for the Whole Creation which was held inside the cathedral and on its extensive green in front of the magnificent west portico.
Upon retirement in 1984, he maintained his active interest in ecclesiastical affairs and, as chairman of the trustees of Glastonbury Abbey, led the team which organised the financing and building of its visitor centre. From 1984 to 1988 he was chaplain to the Yeovil and District branch of the Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies. In 1979 he was appointed Prebendary of Wells Cathedral – an honorary title awarded in recognition of his long and exemplary service to the diocese.
The Rev Prebendary Francis Vere Hodge MC, born 31 October 1919, died 15 December 2013.
Married Eleanor Connor (deceased 2012) in 1942. He leaves two sons and a daughter.
Vere's 90th birthday celebrations in 2009.
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