Bishop Justin Duckworth and Bishop Eleanor Sanderson extend their deep condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Father Desmond (Des) Britten, who passed away after a long illness. Des’s funeral was held on 18 February at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
Father Des was ordained an Anglican priest in 1983, and was made Canon Emeritus of the Diocese in 2011 after a long period dedicated to serving the community through the transformation of the lives of those at the margins of the capital’s society, in his role as Wellington City Missioner (1994-2011).
With his high public profile as a restauranteur, columnist and TV chef, Des brought colour and flair to his roles as a priest and social justice advocate, raising the profile of the Mission and giving it a legacy which endures to this day. His many awards, including a knighthood, and Wellingtonian of the Year, bear testament to his impact on the city which he loved.
Bishop Justin says “The Anglican Church recognizes the passing of a tall tree and faithful servant of the Church of God and of Wellington city. Des has left has mark on the history of this place and we give thanks to God for his life and legacy.”