Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet
8 March -- Commemoration
Born in 1883, Studdert Kennedy was a young vicar in Worcester who
became an army chaplain during the First World War. His warm
personality soon earned the respect of soldiers, who nicknamed him
'Woodbine Willie' after the brand of cigarettes he shared with them.
After the First World War, he became a writer and regular preacher,
drawing large crowds, who were attracted by his combination of
traditional sacramental theology with more unconventional theological
views. He worked tirelessly for the Christian Industrial Fellowship,
but his frail health gave way and he died (still a young man) on this
day in 1929.
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival,
Common of Pastors, page 483