Howard Cruse (bishop)

Bishop Cruse (left) at a wedding in 1965, shortly after his elevation to the episcopate.

John Howard Cruse (known as Howard;[1][2] 15 February 1908 – 11 April 1979) was Bishop of Knaresborough from 1965 to 1972.

Cruse was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge[3] and studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before curacies at Southall and Folkestone. From 1936 until 1949 he held incumbencies at Harrow and Cambridge,[4] followed by a 16-year stint as Provost of Sheffield.[5] In 1965 he was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough where he remained until his retirement.[6] He married twice: firstly in 1942 Ethne Sterling-Berry; and after her death in 1977 Violet Briscoe.

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